Paralympic Rowing at London 2012

In 1975 Adaptive Rowing programmes began in a number of countries, including Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States. An exhibition event in Adaptive Rowing was included at the World Rowing Championships in Tampere, Finland 1993.

There was then a gap in competition before it was introduced to the World Championships in Seville, Spain in 2002. There are currently four classes, which involve a coxed four, a double scull, and two single sculling events.

The coxed four and double scull are mixed gender events, while the single events are separate competitions for men and women. All races are held over a 1,000-metre course in six boat races. Each national federation is only allowed to enter one boat.

London 2012 Paralympic Rowing Medal Table

Event Gold  Silver Bronze

Men's Single Sculls

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Cheng Huang

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Erik Horrie

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Aleksey Chuvashev

Women's Single Sculls

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Alla Lysenko

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Nathalie Benoit

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Liudmila Vauchok

Mixed Double Sculls

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Lou Xiaoxian

Fei Tianming

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Perle Bouge

Stephane Tardieu

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Oksana Masters

Rob Jones

Mixed Coxed Four

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Pamela Relph

Naomi Riches

David Smith

James Roe

Lily van den Broeck (Cox)

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Anke Molkenthin

Astrid Hengsbach

Tino Kolitscher

Kai Kruse

Katrin Splitt (Cox)

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Andrii Stelmakh

Kateryna Morozova

Olena Pukhaieva

Denys Sobol

Volodymyr Kozlov (Cox)


Paralympic Rowing at the Games

Paralympic Rowing is the youngest sport in the Paralympic Games, making its Games debut at Beijing 2008. 'Adaptive' implies that the equipment is 'adapted' to the user to participate in the sport.

Single sculling boats are equipped with buoyancy devices called pontoons,which act as stabilisers attached to the boats' riggers, providing additional lateral balance.

Adaptive rowing boats are equipped with special seats, which vary according to the disability of the athlete.


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