Allar Raja

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Allar Raja
Allar Raja at Olympic Homecoming 2016.jpg
Allar Raja with his 2016 Olympic bronze medal
Personal information
NationalityEstonian
Born (1983-06-22) 22 June 1983 (age 36)
Sindi, Estonia
ResidencePärnu, Estonia
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight80 kg (176 lb)[1]
Sport
SportRowing
Event(s)M2x, M4x
ClubPärnu Sõudekeskus Kalev
Updated on 30 September 2017.

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

Rowing career[edit]

2000–2008[edit]

Raja competed in the World Rowing Junior 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.

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. The same team was 5th at the 2007 European Rowing Championships held in Poznań, Poland. At the 2008 European Rowing Championships in Marathon, Greece he won a gold medal in the quadruple sculls event with Jüri Jaanson, Tõnu Endrekson and Andrei Jämsä.

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.

2009–2012[edit]

Raja won his second World Championships bronze medal in Poznań 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.

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 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.

2013–2016[edit]

Raja celebrating bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships.
Raja (second from right) with teammates at the podium of the 2016 European Championships

In summer of 2013 Raja and Taimsoo 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. 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.

In the summer of 2015 Raja and Taimsoo reunited with Tõnu Endrekson and Andrei Jämsä in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games. The crew went on to win a bronze medal at the 2015 World Rowing Championships held in France. In the spring of 2016 they also won a gold medal at the 2016 European Championships. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, held in Rio de Janeiro, Taimsoo made his third olympic appearance in the quadruple sculls event, with Raja, Endrekson and Jämsä. The crew won their preliminary heat, thus earning a place in Final A. In the final they finished third winning the bronze medals, behind crews from Germany and Australia, respectively.

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

World Rowing Championships[edit]

  • 2005 – 14th, Double sculls (with Silver Sonntak)
  • 2006 – Bronze Bronze, Quadruple sculls (with Andrei Jämsä, Tõnu Endrekson, Igor Kuzmin)
  • 2007 – 8th, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Igor Kuzmin, Vladimir Latin)
  • 2009 – Bronze Bronze, 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)
  • 2015 – Bronze Bronze, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä)
  • 2017 – Bronze Bronze, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Tõnu Endrekson, Kaur Kuslap)

European Rowing Championships[edit]

  • 2007 – 5th, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Igor Kuzmin, Vladimir Latin)
  • 2008 – Gold Gold, Quadruple sculls (with Jüri Jaanson, Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä)
  • 2009 – Gold Gold, Double sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo)
  • 2010 – Silver Silver, Double sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo)
  • 2011 – Silver Silver, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä)
  • 2012 – Gold Gold, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä)
  • 2013 – 7th, Double sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo)
  • 2014 – 6th, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Sten-Erik Anderson, Kaur Kuslap)
  • 2015 – 8th, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Sten-Erik Anderson, Tõnu Endrekson)
  • 2016 – Gold Gold, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä)
  • 2017 – 7th, Quadruple sculls (with Kaspar Taimsoo, Sten-Erik Anderson, Kaur Kuslap)

U23 World Rowing Championships[edit]

  • 2004 – 8th, Single sculls

Junior World Rowing Championships[edit]

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

Henley Royal Regatta[edit]

Rowing World Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allar Raja at FISA WorldRowing.com
  2. ^ "Tears for Redgrave, World Best Time for Drysdale at rowing champs[permanent dead link]". World Rowing (29 August 2009). Retrieved on 7 September 2009
  3. ^ "2010 World Championships – Karapiro Lake, New Zealand – Race 152 : M2x / FB". World Rowing. Retrieved on 13 July 2011
  4. ^ "Greece off to good start at European Champs Archived January 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine". World Rowing (20 September 2009). Retrieved on 30 May 2010
  5. ^ "Gold medal haul for Greece at the European Championships". World Rowing (18 September 2011). Retrieved on 7 May 2012
  6. ^ "Kuzmin, Raja, Latin and Taimsoo celebrating the Queen Mother Challenge Cup victory Archived 18 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine". Henley Royal Regatta. Retrieved on 7 September 2009

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