Rowing at London 2012

Known for legendary displays of strength and stamina with the first rowing races taking place on the River Thames in Shakespeare's time when Londoners bet on the ferries crossing between the banks.

The sport developed its modern form during the 19th century, after universities adopted it as a competitive event. So began a tradition that remains to this day with the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge university students.

 

Rank

Nation

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

flag icon of United Kingdom, 24x24  Great Britain 4 2 3 9
2 flag icon of New Zealand, 24x24  New Zealand 3 0 2 5
3 flag icon of Germany, 24x24Germany 2 1 0 3
4 flag icon of Denmark, 24x24Denmark 1 1 1 3
5 flag icon of Czech Republic, 24x24  Czech Republic 1 1 0 2
6 flag icon of United States of America, 24x24United States 1 0 2 3
7 flag icon of South Africa, 24x24South Africa 1 0 0 1
flag icon of Ukraine, 24x24Ukraine 1 0 0 1
8 flag icon of Australia, 24x24Australia 0 3 2 5
9 flag icon of Canada, 24x24Canada 0 2 0 2
10 flag icon of China, 24x24China 0 1 0 1
flag icon of Croatia, 24x24Croatia 0 1 0 1
flag icon of France, 24x24France 0 1 0 1
flag icon of Italy, 24x24Italy 0 1 0 1
11 flag icon of Greece, 24x24Greece 0 0 1 1
flag icon of Netherlands, 24x24Netherlands 0 0 1 1
flag icon of Poland, 24x24Poland 0 0 1 1
flag icon of Slovenia, 24x24Slovenia 0 0 1 1
Total 14 14 14 42

Rowing at the Games

Rowing has been included in the programme for every modern Olympic Games, but rough seas caused the event to be cancelled at Athens 1896.

Women's races were introduced at the Montreal 1976 Games and the first Lightweight events were staged at Atlanta 1996.

There are two types of rowing at the Olympic Games: Sweep Rowing and Sculling.

Sweep Rowers use a single oar. They compete in crews of two, four or eight - the eight is steered by a 'cox', who also gives the crew instructions.

Scullers have an oar in each hand and so can compete alone in a single as well as in doubles and quadruple sculls.

There are events for both Heavyweight and Lightweight Rowers and all races take place in six lanes over a 2000m still water course, either man-made (as is Dorney Lake) or on a natural lake.

 

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