1963 European Rowing Championships (women)

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1963 European Rowing Championships (women)
Khimki 01.jpg
View of the Khimki Reservoir
VenueKhimki Reservoir, Moscow Canal
LocationKhimki, Moscow Oblast, Soviet Union
Dates6–8 September

The 1964 European Rowing Championships for women were rowing championships held on the Khimki Reservoir, which is part of the Moscow Canal, in Khimki near Moscow in the Soviet Union. The competition for men had been held the previous month in Copenhagen. The regatta in Khimki was held from 6 to 8 September.[1][2] Five boat classes were contested (W1x, W2x, W4x+, W4+, W8+).[3] Eleven countries nominated a total of 33 boats for the regatta, which was held over 1,000 metres. Five lanes were available and this meant that in three boat classes, there was only the final: W2x, W4+, and W8+.[4]

German participation[edit]

FISA did not recognise East Germany as a country and insisted on one German team per boat class. The selection trials were won by West Germany in the single sculls boat class (Karen Wolf), but the other four boat classes were won by East Germany. Wolf came fifth in the final in Khimki.[3]

Medal summary – women's events[edit]

On the day of the finals, it rained heavily and there was a strong crosswind. Those rowers in the lane closest to the shore were least affected by the wind. The singles as the smallest boats are most affected, and the British medal favourite, Penny Chuter, hit the buoys twice and came fourth, and the previous European champion, Alena Postlová, capsized.[3][5][6][7]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Country & rowers Time Country & rowers Time Country & rowers Time
W1x[8][5]  Soviet Union
Galina Konstantinova
3:37.70  France
Renée Camu
3:40.11  Hungary
Erzsebet Moser
W2x[9]  Soviet Union
Maja Pampura
Daina Mallenberga
3:27.05  East Germany
Hannelore Göttlich
Christiane Münzberg
3:27.05  Hungary
Anna Domonkos
Maria Pekanovits
W4+[10]  Soviet Union
Nina Shamanova
Ella Sergeyeva
Valentina Terekhova
Nadeschda Tuberosova
Valentina Timofeyeva (cox)
3:28.71  Romania
Iuliana Bulugioiu
Florica Ghiuzelea
Emilia Rigard
Ana Tamas
Stefania Borisov (cox)
3:31.54  Czechoslovakia
Marta Brozova
Sona Bauerova
Jana Knirova
Julie Sucha
Karla Ksandrova (cox)
W4x+[11]  Soviet Union
Aino Paiusalu
Sosja Rakitskaya
Nelli Chernova
Vera Alexeyeva
Tamara Ivanova (cox)
3:21.15  East Germany
Renate Boesler
Antje Thiess
Brigitte Pohl
Monika Sommer
Ursula Jurga (cox)
3:21.80  Hungary
Maria Fekete
Jozsefne Rasko
Zsuzsa Szappanos
Katalin Szendey
Margit Komornik (cox)
W8+[12]  Soviet Union
Alla Pervorukova
Irena Bačiulytė
Sofija Korkutytė
Leokadija Semashko
Aldona Margenytė
Rita Tamašauskaitė
Stanislava Bubulytė
Genovaite Strigulaite
Nina Grishchenkova (cox)
3:12.75  East Germany
Barbara Müller
Helga Ammon
Brigitte Amm
Ingrid Graf
Hilde Amelang
Ute Gabler
Brigitte Rintisch
Marianne Mewes
Elfriede Boetius (cox)
3:16.49  Romania
Viorica Moldovan
Ecaterina Trancioveanu
Maria Trinks
Marioara Stoian
Mariana Limpede
Cornelia Vladut
Ecaterina Oros
Olimpiada Bogdan
Angela Paunescu (cox)

Medals table[edit]

The Soviet Union won all five gold medals. Other countries that competed in the finals but did not win medals were Great Britain, West Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland.[3][5] Valentina Tereshkova, the first women who had travelled to space in June 1963, donated a crystal cup that was won by the Soviet team for being the most successful country.[6][13]

1 Soviet Union (URS)5005
2 East Germany (GDR)0303
3 Romania (ROM)0112
4 France (FRA)0101
5 Hungary (HUN)0033
6 Czechoslovakia (TCH)0011
Totals (6 nations)55515


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