|World Rowing Championships|
|Genre||Rowing World championship|
The World Rowing Championships is an international rowing regatta organized by FISA (the International Rowing Federation). It is a week-long event held at the end of the northern hemisphere summer and in non-Olympic years is the highlight of the international rowing calendar.
International is an adjective meaning "between nations".
Rowing, often referred to as crew in the United States, is a sport whose origins reach back to Ancient Egyptian times. It involves propelling a boat on water using oars. By pushing against the water with an oar, a force is generated to move the boat. The sport can be either recreational for enjoyment or fitness, or competitive, when athletes race against each other in boats. There are a number of different boat classes in which athletes compete, ranging from an individual shell to an eight-person shell with coxswain.
A regatta is a series of boat races. The term comes from the Venetian language regata meaning "contest" and typically describes racing events of rowed or sailed water craft, although some powerboat race series are also called regattas. A regatta often includes social and promotional activities which surround the racing event, and except in the case of boat type championships, is usually named for the town or venue where the event takes place.
The first event was held in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 1962.The event then was held every four years until 1974, when it became an annual competition. Also in 1974, Men's lightweight and Women's open weight events were added to the championships. In 1985 Women's lightweight events were added to the schedule.
Lucerne is a city in central Switzerland, in the German-speaking portion of the country. Lucerne is the capital of the canton of Lucerne and part of the district of the same name. With a population of about 81,057 people, Lucerne is the most populous town in Central Switzerland, and a nexus of economics, transportation, culture, and media of this region. The city's urban area consists of 17 municipalities and towns located in three different cantons with an overall population of about 250,000 people.
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country situated in western, central and southern Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. The sovereign state is a federal republic bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million people is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are to be found: among them are the two global cities and economic centres Zürich and Geneva.
Lightweight rowing is a category of rowing where limits are placed on the maximum body weight of competitors. One might think the rationale would be that heavier people have a disadvantage but the actual rationale is that larger, taller people have a significant physical advantage and tend to dominate the sport. A lightweight category gives average sized individuals the ability to compete against their peers, but rowers who are tall and thin generally have an advantage over those who are shorter but broader. According to the International Rowing Federation (FISA), this weight category was introduced "to encourage more universality in the sport especially among nations with less statuesque people".
Since 1996, during (Summer) Olympic years, the World Rowing Junior Championships are held at the same time.
The World Rowing Junior Championships is an international rowing regatta organized by FISA. A rower or coxswain shall be classified as a Junior until 31 December of the year in which he reaches the age of 18. After that date, he shall be classified as an Under 23 rower. During Olympic years it is held at the same location as the Senior World Rowing Championships.
In 2002 adaptive rowing events were introduced for the following classes of disability: LTA (legs, trunk and arms), TA (trunk, arms), and A (arms-only). In 2009 the A category was replaced by AS (arms and shoulders), and an ID (intellectually disabled) category was added (but then removed after the 2011 Championships). From 2017 the designations AS, TA, and LTA have been changed to PR1, PR2, and PR3.
A disability is an impairment that may be cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, sensory, or some combination of these. It substantially affects a person's life activities and may be present from birth or occur during a person's lifetime.
Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Disability is thus not just a health problem. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.
Rowing takes place in 21 different boat classes, apart from during Olympic years when only non-Olympic boat classes race. National teams generally take less interest in the non-Olympic events, as the Olympic events are considered the "premier" events.
The table below shows the boat classes, "O" indicates the boat races at both the Olympics and World Championships. "WC" indicates this is only a World Championship event. After 2007, the coxed fours (4+) no longer runs as a world championship event. Similarly after 2011 the women's coxless four was no longer included, but it was reintroduced in 2013. Lightweight men's eight was removed after 2015.
As a result of the IOC's aim for gender parity, it has been agreed that for 2020 onwards the lightweight men's coxless four will be removed from the Olympics and replaced by women's coxless four.
At the 2017 FISA Ordinary Congress there were further revisions, removing M2+ and LM4- from the World Championships, and reinstating LW2-.
|Boat||Men||Lwt Men||Women||Lwt Women|
|1.||1962|| Lucerne |
|2.||1966|| Bled |
|3.||1970|| St. Catharines |
Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course
|4.||1974|| Lucerne |
|5.||1975|| Nottingham |
|6.||1976|| Villach |
|7.||1977|| Amsterdam |
|8.||1978|| Cambridge (openweight events)|
| Copenhagen (lightweight events)|
|9.||1979|| Bled |
|3 – 9 September|
|11.||1981|| Munich |
|12.||1982|| Lucerne |
|14.||1984|| Montreal |
Notre Dame Island
|15.||1985||Hazewinkel||26 August – 1 September|
|16.||1986|| Nottingham |
|16 – 24 August|
|17.||1987||Copenhagen||29 – 30 August|
|19.||1989|| Bled |
|3 – 10 September|
|20.||1990|| Tasmania |
|24 October – 4 November|
|21.||1991||Vienna||19 – 25 August|
|22.||1992|| Montreal |
Notre Dame Island
|13 – 16 August|
|23.||1993|| Račice |
|8 – 9 May|
|24.||1994|| Indianapolis |
Eagle Creek Park
|17 – 18 September|
|25.||1995|| Tampere |
|25 – 27 August|
|26.||1996|| Motherwell |
Strathclyde Country Park
|5 – 11 August|
|27.||1997||Aiguebelette||31 August – 7 September|
|28.||1998|| Cologne |
|6 – 13 September|
|29.||1999|| St. Catharines |
Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course
|22 – 29 August|
|30.||2000|| Zagreb |
|1 – 6 August|
|31.||2001|| Lucerne |
|19 – 26 August|
|32.||2002|| Seville |
|15 – 22 September|
|33.||2003|| Milan |
|24 – 31 August|
|34.||2004|| Banyoles |
Lake of Banyoles
|27 July – 1 August|
|35.||2005|| Kaizu, Gifu |
Nagaragawa International Regatta Course
|29 August – 4 September|
|36.||2006|| Dorney |
|20 – 27 August|
|37.||2007|| Munich |
|26 August – 2 September|
|38.||2008||Ottensheim||20 – 27 July|
|39.||2009|| Poznań |
|23 – 30 August|
|40.||2010|| Cambridge |
|29 October – 7 November|
|41.||2011|| Bled |
|28 August – 4 September|
|42.||2012||Plovdiv||15 – 19 August|
|43.||2013|| Chungju |
|25 August – 1 September|
|44.||2014|| Amsterdam |
|24 – 31 August|
|45.||2015|| Aiguebelette |
|30 August – 6 September|
|46.||2016|| Rotterdam |
|21 – 28 August|
|47.||2017|| Sarasota |
Nathan Benderson Park
24 September – 1 October
|48.||2018||Plovdiv||9 – 16 September|
|49.||2019||Ottensheim||25 August – 1 September|
|50.||2020||Bled||16 – 23 August|
|Times hosted||Host country|
|Totals (50 nations)||835||839||828||2502|
|Giuseppe Di Capua||1958||8||3||1||12|
|Katherine Grainger||5||8||3||6||2||2||W1x, W2x, W4x||W2-, W8+|
|Elisabeta Lipă||5||13||3||9||2||4||W1x, W2x, W4x||W2-, W8+|
|Franco Sancassani||3||12||1||10||2||2||LM4x||LM2-, LM8+|
|Greg Searle||4||7||1||1||3||6||M1x||M2+, M4-, M8+|
|Martin Sinković||3||7||2||5||1||2||M2x, M4x||M2-|
|Valent Sinković||3||7||2||5||1||2||M2x, M4x||M2-|
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