ALFA (rowing)

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ALFA is the biggest indoor rowing competition in the Baltics[1] raced over 1,000 m on Concept2 indoor rowers. The first competition in Estonia on Concept2 rowing ergometers took place at the end of 1993 in the hall of the Lootos sports association. There were 54 participants in the competition, initiated by the Tallinn Rowing Club. In 1995, the second rowing ergometer competition took place in the sports facilities of Flora with the third event occurring at the same venue in 1996.

The competition was international for the first time in 1997 and the venue was then the Kalev gym at Tõnismägi. In 1998, the competition got the symbolic name ALFA and it took place in Pirita in the TOP tennis hall, and was repeated there in 1999. The 2000 Alfa competition was dedicated to the 125th anniversary of Estonian rowing. The venue, for the years 2000 as well s for 2001, was the Tallinn Sports Hall. In years 2002 and 2003, the competition took place in the Tallinn Kalev Sports Hall and since 2004, the International competitions on Concept2 rowing ergometers have been held again in Tallinn Sports Hall.

Between the years 1993–1997, the organizer of the competitions was the Tallinn Rowing Club and since 1998 the Tallinn Rowing Club in collaboration with the Estonian Rowing Association.

Over the years the number of participants in the Alfa competition has grown from fifty to five hundred and thus is one of the biggest indoor sporting events in Estonia. Nowadays, the Alfa has become a fixed calendar event for the rowers. In addition to rowers, representatives of other sports, amateurs, politicians, firms, school children, the representatives of the defence forces and rescue services etc. participate actively in the competition.

Winners[edit]

Men[edit]

Year Athlete Time
1993 Estonia Jüri Jaanson 2:51,8
1995 Estonia Jüri Jaanson 2:48,9
1996 Estonia Priit Tasane 2:57,4
1997 Finland Klaus Geiger 2:45,0
1998 Finland Klaus Geiger 2:44,3
1999 Estonia Jüri Jaanson 2:46,6
2000 Estonia Jüri Jaanson 2:46,3
2001 Estonia Tõnu Endrekson 2:45,1
2002 Estonia Tõnu Endrekson 2:44,6
2003 Belarus Pavel Shurmei 2:39,8
2004 Belarus Pavel Shurmei 2:41,9
2005 Belarus Pavel Shurmei 2:40,3
2006 Belarus Pavel Shurmei 2:40,2
2007 Estonia Tõnu Endrekson 2:45,5
2008 Latvia Kristaps Bokums 2:41,2
2009 Belarus Pavel Shurmei 2:41,9
2010 Estonia Tõnu Endrekson 2.45,1
2011 Estonia Tõnu Endrekson 2.43,6
2012 Estonia Tõnu Endrekson 2.42,5
2013 Estonia Tõnu Endrekson 2.45,3
2014 Estonia Tõnu Endrekson 2.43,8
2015 Estonia Tõnu Endrekson 2.43,2
2016 Finland Joel Naukkarinen 2.42,9
2017 Belarus Pavel Shurmei 2:42,5
 

Women[edit]

Year Athlete Time
1993 Estonia Piret Jamnes 3:21,0
1995 Estonia Piret Jamnes 3:17,3
1996 Estonia Piret Jamnes 3:16,3
1997 Lithuania Birutė Šakickienė 3:17,9
1998 Lithuania Birutė Šakickienė 3:18,3
1999 Estonia Kalli Meriste 3:21,4
2000 Estonia Kalli Meriste 3:18,8
2001 Estonia Kalli Meriste 3:20,4
2002 Latvia Kristiana Rode-Gulova 3:16,7
2003 Latvia Kristiana Rode-Gulova 3:15,6
2004 Latvia Kristiana Rode-Gulova 3:17,3
2005 Latvia Kristiana Rode-Gulova 3:14,3
2006 Estonia Kaisa Pajusalu 3:16,6
2007 Estonia Jevgenia Rõndina 3:26,8
2008 Estonia Kaisa Pajusalu 3:15,0
2009 Estonia Kaisa Pajusalu 3:13,7
2010 Estonia Kaisa Pajusalu 3.11,6
2011 Estonia Kaisa Pajusalu 3.13,3
2012 Latvia Elza Gulbe 3.16,5
2013 Estonia Kaisa Pajusalu 3.15,1
2014 Latvia Elza Gulbe 3.14,7
2015 Estonia Kaisa Pajusalu 3.16,4
2016 Latvia Lana Bračka 3.17,8
2017 Estonia Liisu Mitt 3.21,5

Bold marks competition record

Wins by athlete[edit]

Men[edit]

Rank Athlete Wins Winning Years
1. Estonia Tõnu Endrekson 9 2001, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
2. Belarus Pavel Shurmei 6 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2017
3. Estonia Jüri Jaanson 4 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000
4. Finland Klaus Geiger 2 1997, 1998
5. Estonia Priit Tasane 1 1996
6. Latvia Kristaps Bokums 1 2008
7. Finland Joel Naukkarinen 1 2016
 

Women[edit]

Rank Athlete Wins Winning Years
1. Estonia Kaisa Pajusalu 7 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015
2. Latvia Kristiana Rode-Gulova 4 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
3. Estonia Piret Jamnes 3 1993, 1995, 1996
4. Estonia Kalli Meriste 3 1999, 2000, 2001
5. Lithuania Birutė Šakickienė 2 1997, 1998
6. Latvia Elza Gulbe 2 2012, 2014
7. Estonia Jevgenia Rõndina 1 2007
8. Latvia Lana Bračka 1 2016
9. Estonia Liisu Mitt 1 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biggest indoor rowing for Baltics" Archived 28 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. World Rowing (25 January 2008). Retrieved on 15 June 2008

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