Rowing at the Summer Olympics

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Rowing at the Summer Olympics
Rowing pictogram.svg
Governing body World Rowing Federation
Events14 (men: 7; women: 7)
Games

Rowing at the Summer Olympics has been part of the competition since its debut in the 1900 Summer Olympics. Rowing was on the program at the 1896 Summer Olympics but was cancelled due to bad weather. [1] Only men were allowed to compete until the women's events were introduced at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal which gave national federations the incentive to support women's events and catalysed growth in women's rowing. [2] Lightweight rowing events (which have weight-limited crews) were introduced to the games in 1996. Qualifying for the rowing events is under the jurisdiction of the World Rowing Federation. World Rowing predates the modern Olympics and was the first international sport federation to join the modern Olympic movement.

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Summary

GamesYearEventsBest Nation
1
2 1900 5Flag of France.svg  France
3 1904 5US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
4 1908 4Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
5 1912 4Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
6
7 1920 5US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
8 1924 7US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
9 1928 7US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
10 1932 7US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
11 1936 7Flag of the German Reich (1935-1945).svg  Germany
12
13
14 1948 7Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
15 1952 7US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
16 1956 7US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
17 1960 7Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany
18 1964 7Flag of the United States.svg  United States
19 1968 7Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  East Germany
20 1972 7Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
GamesYearEventsBest Nation
21 1976 14Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
22 1980 14Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
23 1984 14Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania
24 1988 14Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
25 1992 14Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
26 1996 14Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
27 2000 14Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
28 2004 14Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
29 2008 14Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
30 2012 14Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
31 2016 14Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
32 2020 14Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand

Events

At the 2016 and other recent Olympics the following 14 events were offered:

The lightweight events were threatened in 2002 when the Programme Commission of the IOC recommended that, outside combat sports (boxing & wrestling, but not fencing, shooting, and archery) and weightlifting, there should not be weight-category events. The Executive Board overturned this recommendation and the lightweight rowing has been continued.

To satisfy the IOC's aim for gender equality it has been proposed that from the 2020 Olympics onwards the men's lightweight fours will be removed and the women's coxless fours reintroduced. The IOC accepted that proposal in June 2017. [3]

In the early games (1900 and 1904) there were several other categories of events (Junior, Novice, Association, and Intermediate). A number of other boat classes have made an appearance at several games (sometimes for a long time) but have been subsequently dropped – as recently as the 1990s. The primary loss has been in boats with coxswains, except for the eights, which have always been coxed. These were:

Other non-Olympic boatclasses, which still compete in World Championships, are currently: men's & women's lightweight single sculls, lightweight quadruple sculls and lightweight coxless pair.

Race distances

Today all races are raced over a 2000m course, but this did not become standard before the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 (except for London 1948, where the course was 1850m). Before this, it was raced over various distances: the course in Paris in 1900 was 1750m, in St. Louis in 1904 it was 3218m, and in London in 1908 it was 2414m. The 1908 and 1948 events were held over the Henley Royal Regatta course.

Women's races were raced over 1,000m until 1988, when they were changed to 2,000 metres. [5]

Early games featured match races between two or three boats, until the modern six boat side-by-side format was first adopted at the 1936 Olympic Games. With the exception of the 1952 Olympic Games (races between four or five boats), it has been the standard since.

Qualification

There is a limited number of crews permitted to race, so the International Rowing Federation holds qualification events in order to determine who competes at the Olympic Games. At the Olympic Games, each National Olympic Committee can only have one boat per event.

The main qualification comes from the previous year's World Rowing Championships. Other qualifying events are called "Continental Qualification Regattas", of which four are held during the year preceding the games - Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Final (open to everyone else). Each year FISA issues details of how many crews qualify at each regatta.

At the World Championships, the top finishing boats guarantee a place for that country - the rowers in the crew can be changed before the games. At the qualification regattas, it is the crew that wins that qualifies for the Olympics, and if members of that crew race in the Olympics they must race in that event.

Medal table

The numbers below are after the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)33322489
2Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)337848
3Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)31251470
4Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)23161453
5Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROM)2011940
6Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand  (NZL)1451029
7Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS)13151644
8Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS)12201042
9Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)11141641
10Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)10171643
11Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)9161439
12Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)8141436
13Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)78924
14Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN)751325
15Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)441119
16Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany  (FRG)44614
17Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany  (EUA)4419
18Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)37818
19Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL)34714
20Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)3137
21Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)24612
22Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia  (CRO)2327
23Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)22711
24Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus  (BLR)2147
25Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic  (CZE)1315
26Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia  (SLO)1135
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia  (YUG)1135
28Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)1124
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  (GRE)1124
30Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland  (IRL)1113
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa  (RSA)1113
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  (UKR)1113
33Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)1023
34Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)0628
35Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0336
36Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia  (EST)0213
37Russian Olympic Committee flag.svg  ROC 0202
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)0202
39Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay  (URU)0134
40Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)0123
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania  (LTU)0123
42Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP)0101
43Flag of Russia.svg  Russian Empire  (RU1)0011
Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team  (EUN)0011
Totals (44 nations)269268273810

Rowing medal leaders (by Summer Olympiad)

Games ofLeaderGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Flag of France.svg  France, 1900 Paris Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)2316
Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 1904 St. Louis US flag 45 stars.svg  United States  (USA)54413
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom, 1908 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)4318
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, 1912 Stockholm Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)2204
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium, 1920 Antwerp US flag 48 stars.svg  United States  (USA)3104
Flag of France.svg  France, 1924 Paris US flag 48 stars.svg  United States  (USA)2125
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands, 1928 Amsterdam US flag 48 stars.svg  United States  (USA)2215
Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 1932 Los Angeles US flag 48 stars.svg  United States  (USA)3104
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany, 1936 Berlin Flag of the German Reich (1935-1945).svg  Germany  (GER)5117
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom, 1948 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)2103
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland, 1952 Helsinki US flag 48 stars.svg  United States  (USA)2013
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia, 1956 Melbourne US flag 48 stars.svg  United States  (USA)3216
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy, 1960 Rome Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany  (EUA)3104
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan, 1964 Tokyo Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)2114
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico, 1968 Mexico City Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  East Germany  (GDR)2103
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany, 1972 Munich Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)3137
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada, 1976 Montreal Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)93214
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union, 1980 Moscow Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)111214
Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 1984 Los Angeles Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania  (ROU)6208
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea, 1988 Seoul Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)81110
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain, 1992 Barcelona Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)43310
Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 1996 Atlanta Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS)2136
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia, 2000 Sydney Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROU)3003
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece, 2004 Athens Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROU)3003
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China, 2008 Beijing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)2226
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom, 2012 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)4239
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil, 2016 Rio de Janeiro Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)3205
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan, 2020 Tokyo Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand  (NZL)3205

Multiple medallists

The table shows those who have won at least 3 gold medals.

Athlete (nation)Olympics Gold SilverBronzeTotalNotes
Elisabeta Lipă
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004521820 years between first and last gold medal
Steve Redgrave
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 20005016Gold medals in 1984 (M4+), 1988 (M2- with Andy Holmes), 1992 and 1996 (M2- with Matthew Pinsent) and 2000 (M4-). Only endurance athlete to win Olympic gold at five consecutive games.
Georgeta Damian
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
2000, 2004, 20085016Won the pair and the eights in both 2000 and 2004, and the pair again in 2008
Doina Ignat
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 20084116Part of Romania's three-straight gold medalist eight
Kathrin Boron
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 20084015Four straight Olympic golds. Bronze in her final Olympics in the Quadruple Sculls
Viorica Susanu
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
1996, 2000, 2004, 20084015Won three medals in the women's eight, and two in the pair
Matthew Pinsent
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
1992, 1996, 2000, 20044004Four straight Olympic golds. Won with Steve Redgrave in the pair in 1992 and 1996. In the coxless four in 2000 and in 2004
Jack Beresford
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 19363205First rower to win a medal at 5 straight Olympics. WWII prevented the opportunity for a sixth medal
Constanța Burcică
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 20083115Won three gold medals in the women's lightweight double sculls
Elena Georgescu
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 20083115 Coxswain of Romania's women's eight
Drew Ginn
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
1996, 2004, 2008, 20123104Member of the Oarsome Foursome
Eskild Ebbesen
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 20123025Won all his medals in the lightweight coxless four
Marnie McBean
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
1992, 19963014Along with rowing partner Kathleen Heddle, Canadian with the most gold medals
Kathleen Heddle
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
1992, 19963014Won all her medals with rowing partner Marnie McBean
James Tomkins
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
1992, 1996, 2000, 20043014Most medalled Australian rower
John B. Kelly Sr.
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1920, 19243003First rower to win 3 gold medals. Father of movie star turned princess Grace Kelly
Paul Costello
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1920, 1924, 19283003First man to win 3 gold medals in the same event, the double sculls. Cousin of John B. Kelly Sr.
Vyacheslav Ivanov
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1956, 1960, 19643003Won all his medals in the single sculls
Siegfried Brietzke
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
1972, 1976, 19803003First German triple gold medalist. Won in the pair and the coxless four
Pertti Karppinen
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
1976, 1980, 19843003Won all his medals in the single sculls
Agostino Abbagnale
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
1988, 1996, 20003003His brothers Carmine and Giuseppe each won 2 gold medals.
Liliana Gafencu
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
1996, 2000, 20043003Won all three medals in Romania's women's eight
Elle Logan
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2008, 2012, 20163003Won all three medals in USA women's eight
Pete Reed
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
2008, 2012, 20163003Two wins in coxless four, then in eight
Andrew Triggs Hodge
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
2008, 2012, 20163003Two wins in coxless four, then in eight
Hamish Bond
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
2012, 2016, 20203003Two wins in coxless pair, then in eight

Men's events

Event96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
Current program
Single sculls ( details ) 28
Double sculls ( details ) 25
Quadruple sculls ( details ) 11
Coxless pair ( details ) 24
Coxless four ( details ) 25
Eight ( details ) 28
Lightweight double sculls ( details ) 7
Past events
Coxed pair ( details ) 18
Coxed four ( details ) •• 19
Coxed four, with inriggers 1
Lightweight coxless four ( details ) 6
Total05544577777777777888888888887

Women's events

Event96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
Current program
Single sculls ( details ) 12
Double sculls ( details ) 12
Quadruple sculls ( details ) 12
Coxless pair ( details ) 12
Coxless four ( details ) 2
Eight ( details ) 12
Lightweight Double sculls ( details ) 7
Past events
Coxed four ( details ) 4
Total00000000000000000666666666667

Nations

Number of rowers from each nation by year of Olympics, starting with 1896 (when none competed due to bad weather) then 1900 through 2020.

Nation96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria  (ALG) 12131227
Flag of Angola.svg  Angola  (ANG) 21
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG) 9932699129181076622862102220
Flag of Australasian team for Olympic games.svg  Australasia  (ANZ) 101
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS) 101112814262526111613162516284545454847294022
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT) 62974410731637651213853320
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan  (AZE) 222
Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas  (BAH) 11
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus  (BLR) 1710111351057
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL) 111062015217412752157689543311225
Flag of Benin.svg  Benin  (BEN) 11
Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda  (BER) 1113
Flag of Bohemia.svg  Bohemia  (BOH) 21
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA) 52182123552271010108614644122
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL) 58335234155463211
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon  (CMR) 112
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN) 9131051411161011151315161416465440273230323530262926
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile  (CHI) 1319262214211
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN) 911221310173118172810
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia  (COL) 11
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast  (CIV) 11
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia  (CRO) 7813645338
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba  (CUB) 59911714173297967115
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic  (CZE) 511614121077
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH) 151174811222015213426173114
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN) 151101625257161410127710313131012101013923
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic  (DOM) 11
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR) 26265455445
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador  (ECU) 11
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt  (EGY) 1816172652110
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador  (ESA) 122
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia  (EST) 1713776449
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN) 6526512723713532215
Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA) 47171423265192217131622171817162312252123212114181226
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER) 2132623162621534831484848352415
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR) 130241021231518262312268111731434230463736374447434127
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  (GRE) 8316317254451010415
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala  (GUA) 2123
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong  (HKG) 313343418
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras  (HON) 11
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN) 111176239154961582088346243122
Flag of India.svg  India  (IND) 2133126
Olympic flag.svg  Independent Olympic Athletes  (IOA) 21
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia  (INA) 1223
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran  (IRI) 22114
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq  (IRQ) 2113
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland  (IRL) 911011316469151313
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA) 11617262022262621261814211552227213228312020272326
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN) 61416591426103961213118445419
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan  (KAZ) 132215
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya  (KEN) 112
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait  (KUW) 112
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia  (LAT) 3413
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon  (LIB) 11
Flag of Libya.svg  Libya  (LBA) 112
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania  (LTU) 8322141098
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX) 12325911325253322117
Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco  (MON) 51114
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco  (MAR) 11
Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar  (MYA) 112
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia  (NAM) 11
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED) 1341217212116121317222124101716203433263032363525
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand  (NZL) 11158115141918221212116111626363219
Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua  (NCA) 21
Flag of Niger.svg  Niger  (NIG) 11
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria  (NGR) 112
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea  (PRK) 61
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR) 92413114925161412961163155720
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan  (PAK) 31
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay  (PAR) 21214
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru  (PER) 23311117
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines  (PHI) 1113
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL) 614811108511316223813151217232026262022
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal  (POR) 14953242229
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico  (PUR) 1113
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar  (QAT) 11
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROU) 98714921332826323028171115183617
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS) 101
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS) 24231910546
Flag of Saar (1947-1956).svg  Saar  (SAA) 71
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia  (KSA) 11
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia  (SRB) 36434
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro  (SCG) 662
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore  (SIN) 112
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia  (SVK) 2123
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia  (SLO) 67891026
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa  (RSA) 1155598825612613
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR) 95282432542111
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS) 2625252627265554539
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP) 5101618313101322114914616
Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan  (SUD) 11
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE) 2865316912137887931221120
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI) 1311131619131881717410979111161811922
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE) 211115
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand  (THA) 111225
Flag of Togo.svg  Togo  (TOG) 112
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago  (TTO) 112
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia  (TUN) 212325
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey  (TUR) 1213
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda  (UGA) 11
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  (UKR) 2012101021827
Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany  (EUA) 1226263
Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team  (EUN) 471
Flag of the United Arab Republic.svg  United Arab Republic  (UAR) 91
Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA) 935152026262626262626272726545453524648454544413725
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay  (URU) 1833252531113321217
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan  (UZB) 41124
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu  (VAN) 112
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela  (VEN) 1123
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam  (VIE) 22224
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany  (FRG) 26264436385
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe  (ZIM) 212215
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia  (YUG) 142113112111571451011
Nations82814141419132427332533272935312530384545515560586980113
Rowers108448118613618224515331331040424241033035344059347044759262760854755755555054752610,556
Year96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20

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The rowing competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 6 to 13 August 2016 at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Lagoa. Fourteen medal events were being contested by 547 athletes, 334 men and 213 women.

Rowing at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Mens coxed pair Olympic rowing event

The men's coxed pair competition at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich took place from 27 August to 2 September at the Olympic Regatta Course in Oberschleißheim. There were 21 boats from 21 nations, with each nation limited to a single boat in the event. The event was won by East German crew Wolfgang Gunkel, Jörg Lucke, and coxswain Klaus-Dieter Neubert; it was the first medal in the event for East Germany as a separate nation. Czechoslovakia (silver) and Romania (bronze) also won their first medals in the men's coxed pair.

Rowing at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Mens coxed four Olympic rowing event

The men's coxed four competition at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich took place from 27 August to 2 September at the Olympic Reggatta Course in Oberschleißheim. There were 14 boats from 14 nations, with each nation limited to a single boat in the event. The event was won by West Germany; it was the nation's first medal as a separate team, but the third time in four Games that a West German crew had won gold. East Germany repeated as silver medallists, though with a new crew. Bronze went to Czechoslovakia, the nation's first medal in the men's coxed four since 1952.

Rowing at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Mens coxed four Olympic rowing event

The men's coxed four competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles took place at the Long Beach Marine Stadium. It was held from 10 to 13 August. There were 7 boats from 7 nations, with each nation limited to a single boat in the event. The event was won by Germany, the nation's first victory in the event since 1912 and third overall. Defending champions Italy came within 0.2 seconds of repeating, with Germany passing them at the very end of the final. Poland won its second consecutive bronze medal.

Roderick Chisholm is a British lightweight class former rower who represented both Great Britain and Australia at world championships. He is an Australian national champion, a World Champion and a dual Olympian who competed at the world class level in both sculls and in sweep-oared boats.

Rowing at the 2020 Summer Olympics Rowing events at the 2020 Summer Olympics

The rowing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo took place between 23 and 30 July 2021 at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo Bay. Fourteen medal events were contested by 526 athletes.

Rowing at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Mens coxed four Olympic rowing event

The men's coxed four competition at the 1956 Summer Olympics took place at Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Australia. It was held from 23 to 27 November and was won by the team from Italy. There were 10 boats from 10 nations, with each nation limited to a single boat in the event. Italy had previously won this event in 1928, tying Switzerland for second-most wins among nations. Sweden (silver) and Finland (bronze) each won their first medal in the men's coxed four. Switzerland had its three-Games silver-medal streak broken, without a Swiss crew competing.

Rowing at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Mens coxed four Olympic rowing event

The men's coxed four competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics took place at Virgilio Uribe Rowing and Canoeing Course, Mexico City, Mexico. It was held from 13 to 19 October and was unexpectedly won by the team from New Zealand, which secured the country its first Olympic rowing gold medal. Thirteen teams from 13 nations attended the competition. East Germany earned its first medal in its debut in the event, taking silver. Switzerland took bronze, its first medal in the men's coxed four since 1952.

This article details the qualifying phase for rowing at the 2020 Summer Olympics. The majority of the spots were awarded to the National Olympic Committees, not to specific athletes, at the 2019 World Rowing Championships, held in Ottensheim, Austria from 25 August to 1 September 2019. At the World Championships countries qualify boats rather than crews and can make crew changes for the Olympic regatta for qualified boats. Further berths are distributed to the nations at four continental qualifying regattas in Asia and Oceania, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. The last berths were distributed at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta held in Lucerne, Switzerland 15–16 May 2021.

Hamish Parry is an Australian representative lightweight rower. He is a nine-time national champion in both sculling and sweep-oared crews and has sculled at underage and senior world championships since 2013.

Rowing at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Mens coxless pair Olympic rowing event

The men's coxless pair event at the 2020 Summer Olympics took place from 24 to 29 July 2021 at the Sea Forest Waterway. 26 rowers from 13 nations competed.

Coxed four at the Olympics Olympic sport

The coxed four was a rowing event held at the Summer Olympics. The event was first held for men at the second modern Olympics in 1900. It was not held in 1904 or 1908. It returned in 1912 with two versions: the standard one as well as one with inriggers. It continued to be held for men until it was removed from the programme following the 1992 Games, at which point it and the men's coxed pair were replaced with the men's lightweight double sculls and men's lightweight coxless four. The women's event was added when women's rowing was added to the Olympic programme in 1976. It was held each year through 1988, when it was replaced with the women's coxless four.

Joe Donnelly is an Australian former national representative rowing coxswain and a rowing coach and administrator. As a coxswain he steered two Australian eights to World Championships. As a coach he contributed to the growth and development of rowing in Vietnam as the country's National Rowing Coach.

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