1953 European Rowing Championships

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1953 European Rowing Championships
VenueLake Bagsværd
LocationCopenhagen, Denmark
Dates13 August (women) followed by the event for men

The 1953 European Rowing Championships were rowing championships held on Lake Bagsværd near the Danish capital Copenhagen. Men competed in all seven Olympic boat classes (M1x, M2x, M2-, M2+, M4-, M4+, M8+).[1] The regatta was also the third test event for international women's rowing organised by the International Rowing Federation (FISA), with nine countries competing in four boat classes (W1x, W2x, W4+, W8+) over the shorter race distance of 1,000 m (men competed over 2,000 m). The purpose of the test event was to see whether women's rowing should formally become part of the FISA-organised European Rowing Championships.[2]

Women's test event[edit]

The women’s test event was the third regatta organised to check whether international women's rowing was viable. Four countries had competed at the previous test events (Mâcon in 1951 and Amsterdam in 1952): France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Denmark. In 1953, the four initial countries were joined by Norway, Finland, Austria, West Germany and Poland. The same four boat classes (W1x, W2x, W4+, W8+) as in the two previous years were contested.[2]

There were only three boats entered for the eight event and a single race decided the medals: the Netherlands won gold, silver went to Great Britain, and the Danish crew was awarded bronze.[2]

As part of the 1953 European Championships, FISA held a congress in Copenhagen. It was decided for women's rowing to become an official part of the European Championships, with the first full event to be held as part of the 1954 European Rowing Championships in Amsterdam. In addition, a fifth boat class was added to the regatta from 1954: coxed quad scull.[2]

Medal summary – men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Country & rowers Time Country & rowers Time Country & rowers Time
M1x[3]  Yugoslavia
Perica Vlašić
 Poland
Teodor Kocerka
 France
Achille Giovannoni
M2x[4]   Switzerland
Peter Stebler
Erich Schriever
 Soviet Union
Ernst Verbin
Juri Sorokin
 Yugoslavia
Dragutin Petrovečki
Milan Korošec
M2-[5]  Soviet Union
Igor Buldakov
Viktor Ivanov
 Belgium
Michel Knuysen
Bob Baetens
 Denmark
Finn Pedersen
Kjeld Østrøm
M2+[6]  France
Guy Nosbaum
Claude Martin
Daniel Forget (cox)
 West Germany
Helmut Heinhold
Heinz Manchen
Otto Nordmeyer (cox)
 Belgium
René Verhoeven
Joseph Van Thillo
Henri de Brie (cox)
M4-[7]  Denmark
Helge Muxoll Schrøder
Björn Brönnum
Leif Hermansen
Ole Scavenius Jensen
 Norway
Carl Monssen
Odd Johanson
Kjell Gundersen
Svein Hansen
 Great Britain
Gavin Sorrell
James Green
Colin Porter
Edward Field
M4+[8]  Czechoslovakia
Karel Mejta
Jiří Havlis
Jan Jindra
Stanislav Lusk
Miroslav Koranda (cox)
 Soviet Union
Kirill Putyrsky
Georgiy Bryulgart
Georgy Gushchenko
Boris Fyodorov
Boris Brechko (cox)
  Switzerland
Rico Bianchi
Karl Weidmann
Émile Ess
Heini Scheller
Walter Leiser (cox)
M8+[9]  Soviet Union
Yevgeny Brago
Vladimir Rodimushkin
Slava Amiragov
Igor Borisov
Yevgeny Samsonov
Leonid Gissen
Aleksey Komarov
Vladimir Kryukov
Alexander Majantsev (cox)
 Denmark
Flemming Nimb
Kjeld Larsen
Børge Hougaard
Svend Erik Schougaard
Wesley Ernest Pedersen
Walther Schröder
Kurt Andersen Krog
Aage Nielsen Drejer
Finn Hansen Aabye (cox)
 France
Pierre Blondiaux
Jean-Jacques Guissart
Marc Bouissou
Roger Gautier
Jean-Paul Piéddeloup
Jean Rivière
Géo Rouhaud
René Lotti
Lionel Biet (cox)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1953 European Championships". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Smalman-Smith, Helena. "1951–1953 International Women's Regattas". Rowing Story. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  3. ^ Heckert, Karlheinz. "Rudern – Europameisterschaften (Herren – Einer)" (in German). Sport Komplett. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. ^ Heckert, Karlheinz. "Rudern – Europameisterschaften (Herren – Doppelzweier)" (in German). Sport Komplett. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  5. ^ Heckert, Karlheinz. "Rudern – Europameisterschaften (Herren – Zweier ohne Steuermann)" (in German). Sport Komplett. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  6. ^ Heckert, Karlheinz. "Rudern – Europameisterschaften (Herren – Zweier m. Stm.)" (in German). Sport Komplett. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  7. ^ Heckert, Karlheinz. "Rudern – Europameisterschaften (Herren – Vierer o.Stm.)" (in German). Sport Komplett. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  8. ^ Heckert, Karlheinz. "Rudern – Europameisterschaften (Herren – Vierer m.Stm.)" (in German). Sport Komplett. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  9. ^ Heckert, Karlheinz. "Rudern – Europameisterschaften (Herren – Achter)" (in German). Sport Komplett. Retrieved 3 April 2018.