Allar Raja

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Allar Raja
Personal information
Nationality Estonian
Born (1983-06-22) 22 June 1983 (age 31)
Sindi, Estonia
Residence Pärnu, Estonia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 80 kg (180 lb; 13 st)[1]
Sport
Sport Rowing
Event(s) M2x, M4x
Club Pärnu Sõudekeskus Kalev

Allar Raja (born June 22, 1983, in Sindi, Estonia) is an Estonian rower. He is a member of rowing club "SK Kalev" located in Pärnu.

Junior years[edit]

Raja competed in the Junior World Rowing Championships in 2000 in the quadruple sculls event (19th) and in 2001 in the double sculls event (13th). In 2004 he competed in the U-23 World Regatta in the single sculls event achieving 8th position.

Olympic Games[edit]

Allar Raja made his first appearance at the Olympics in Beijing 2008 competing in the quadruple sculls event with Igor Kuzmin, Vladimir Latin and Kaspar Taimsoo. The men were 4th in their preliminary heat and won the repechage. In the semifinals they finished fourth and did not get to Final A. The final place was 9th as they finished third in Final B.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, held in London, Raja also represented Estonia in the quadruple sculls event. This time with Kaspar Taimsoo, Tõnu Endrekson and Andrei Jämsä. The crew finished second in their preliminary heat and also in the semifinal, thus earning a place in Final A. In the final they finished just outside the medals in 4th place behind crews from Germany, Croatia and Australia, respectively.

World championships[edit]

His first appearance in the World Rowing Championships was in 2005 in Gifu, Japan in the double sculls event with Silver Sonntak. They were second in Final C, achieving 14th position overall.

Raja won his first World Championships medal in 2006 in Eton, Great Britain, where ha was a member of the bronze-winning quadruple sculls team with Andrei Jämsä, Tõnu Endrekson and Igor Kuzmin.

2007 in Munich, Germany he competed in the quadruple sculls event with Kuzmin, Latin and Taimsoo earning 8th position.

Raja won his second World Championships bronze medal in Poznan in 2009, where he competed in the double sculls event with Kaspar Taimsoo.[2]

Raja and Taimsoo finished 8th at the 2010 World Rowing Championships held at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.[3] The same crew finished 7th at the 2011 World Rowing Championships.

In summer of 2013 Taimsoo and Raja formed a new quadruple scull crew with young prospects Sten-Erik Anderson and Kaur Kuslap. They also finished 5th at the 2013 World Rowing Championships held at Tangeum Lake, Chungju in South Korea. The same team repeated their 5th place at the 2014 World Rowing Championships held in Amsterdam.

European Championships[edit]

2007 in Poznan, Poland he competed in the quadruple sculls event with Kuzmin, Latin and Taimsoo earning 5th position.

2008 in Marathon, Greece he won a gold medal in the quadruple sculls event with Jüri Jaanson, Tõnu Endrekson and Andrei Jämsä.

At the 2009 European Championships, held in Brest, Belarus, Raja won his second European title. This time in the double sculls event with Kaspar Taimsoo.[4] The same crew finished second at the 2010 European Championships.

For the 2011 European Championships Raja and Taimsoo formed a new quad scull team with Tõnu Endrekson and Andrei Jämsä. The crew finished second after Russia and won the silver medals.[5] The same crew finished won a gold medal at the 2012 European Championships.

At the 2013 European Championships, held in Seville, Spain Raja competed in the double sculls event with Kaspar Taimsoo. The result was a disappointment as the men did not reach Final A and finished in 7th place overall.

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

World Rowing Championships[edit]

  • 2005 – 14th, Double sculls (with Silver Sonntak)
  • 2006 – Bronze Med 3.png, Quadruple sculls (with Andrei Jämsä, Tõnu Endrekson, Igor Kuzmin)
  • 2007 – 8th, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Igor Kuzmin, Vladimir Latin)
  • 2009 – Bronze Med 3.png, Double sculls (Kaspar Taimsoo)
  • 2010 – 8th, Double sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo)
  • 2011 – 7th, Double sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo)
  • 2013 – 5th, Quadruple sculls (with Allar Raja, Sten-Erik Anderson, Kaur Kuslap)
  • 2014 – 5th, Quadruple sculls (with Allar Raja, Sten-Erik Anderson, Kaur Kuslap)

European Rowing Championships[edit]

  • 2007 – 5th, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Igor Kuzmin, Vladimir Latin)
  • 2008 – Gold Med 1.png, Quadruple sculls (with Jüri Jaanson, Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä)
  • 2009 – Gold Med 1.png, Double sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo)
  • 2010 – Silver Med 2.png, Double sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo)
  • 2011 – Silver Med 2.png, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä)
  • 2012 – Gold Med 1.png, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä)
  • 2013 – 7th, Double sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo)
  • 2014 – 6th, Quadruple sculls (with Allar Raja, Sten-Erik Anderson, Kaur Kuslap)

Junior World Rowing Championships[edit]

  • 2000 – 19th, Quadruple sculls
  • 2001 – 13th, Double sculls

U23 World Rowing Championships[edit]

  • 2004 – 8th, Single sculls

Henley Royal Regatta[edit]

Rowing World Cup[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Rowing • Athletes". World Rowing (2011-09-04).
  2. ^ "Tears for Redgrave, World Best Time for Drysdale at rowing champs". World Rowing (2009-08-29). Retrieved on 2009-09-07
  3. ^ "2010 World Championships - Karapiro Lake, New Zealand - Race 152 : M2x / FB". World Rowing. Retrieved on 2011-07-13
  4. ^ "Greece off to good start at European Champs". World Rowing (2009-09-20). Retrieved on 2010-05-30
  5. ^ "Gold medal haul for Greece at the European Championships". World Rowing (2011-09-18). Retrieved on 2012-05-07
  6. ^ "Kuzmin, Raja, Latin and Taimsoo celebrating the Queen Mother Challenge Cup victory". Henley Royal Regatta. Retrieved on 2009-09-07