Kaspar Taimsoo

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Kaspar Taimsoo
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Taimsoo (left) with teammates at the podium of the 2016 European Championships
Personal information
Nationality Estonian
Born (1987-04-30) 30 April 1987 (age 31)
Viljandi, Estonia
Residence Pärnu, Estonia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)[1]
Sport
Sport Rowing
Event(s) M2x, M4x
Club Viljandi Rowing Club
Updated on 30 September 2017.

Kaspar Taimsoo (born 30 April 1987) is an Estonian rower. He is a member of Viljandi Rowing Club (Estonian: Viljandi Sõudeklubi).

Rowing career[edit]

2004–2008[edit]

Taimsoo made his first international appearance in the Junior World Championships in 2004 achieving 14th position in the double sculls event. In 2005 he won a bronze medal in the single sculls event at the Junior World Championships.[2] His first appearance at the World Rowing Championships was in 2007 in Munich, Germany where he competed in the quadruple sculls event with Allar Raja, Igor Kuzmin and Vladimir Latin finishing on 8th position. The same team achieved 5th place at the 2007 European Rowing Championships held in Poznań, Poland.

Taimsoo made his first appearance at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 competing in the quadruple sculls event with Raja, Kuzmin and Latin. 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. Their final place was 9th as they finished third in Final B. The same team also won the Queen Mother Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.[3] In September 2008 Taimsoo won his first European Championships medal, a silver, in the double sculls event with Vladimir Latin.

2009–2012[edit]

In 2009 Taimsoo won his first World Championships medal, a bronze, competing in the double sculls event with Allar Raja in Poznań.[4] The same duo also won the gold medal at the 2009 European Rowing Championships, held in Brest, Belarus.[5] Raja and Taimsoo finished 8th at the 2010 World Rowing Championships held at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.[6] The same crew finished second at the 2010 European Championships. Taimsoo and Raja finished 7th at the 2011 World Rowing Championships. For the 2011 European Championships Taimsoo and Raja formed a new quad scull team with Tõnu Endrekson and Andrei Jämsä. The crew finished second after Russia and won the silver medals.[7]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, held in London, Taimsoo made his second olympic appearance in the quadruple sculls event. This time with Raja, Endrekson and 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. The same quadruple sculls crew won a gold medal at the 2012 European Championships.

2013–2016[edit]

The 2013 season started off with a good result as Taimsoo and Raja won a silver medal at the World Cup event held in Sydney, Australia. The 2013 European Championships, held in Seville, Spain was a disappointment as the men did not reach Final A and finished in 7th place overall.

In the summer of 2013 Taimsoo and Raja formed a new quadruple scull crew with young prospects Sten-Erik Anderson and Kaur Kuslap. The new crew had an immediate success winning bronze medals at the World Cup events held at Eaton and Lucerne. 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.

In the summer of 2015 Taimsoo and Raja 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]

  • 2007 – 8th, Quadruple sculls (with Allar Raja, Igor Kuzmin, Vladimir Latin)
  • 2009 – Bronze Bronze, Double sculls (with Allar Raja)
  • 2010 – 8th, Double sculls (with Allar Raja)
  • 2011 – 7th, Double sculls (with Allar Raja)
  • 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 Allar Raja, Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä)
  • 2017 – Bronze Bronze, Quadruple sculls (with Allar Raja, Tõnu Endrekson, Kaur Kuslap)

European Rowing Championships[edit]

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

Junior World Rowing Championships[edit]

  • 2004 – 14th, Double sculls (with Alo Kuslap)
  • 2005 – Bronze Bronze, Single sculls

Henley Royal Regatta[edit]

Rowing World Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Rowing". World Rowing (29 May 2014).
  2. ^ "A-Finals Continue at the World Rowing Junior Championships". World Rowing (6 August 2005). Retrieved on 7 September 2009
  3. ^ "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
  4. ^ "Tears for Redgrave, World Best Time for Drysdale at rowing champs[permanent dead link]. World Rowing (2009-29-08). Retrieved on 2009-09-07
  5. ^ "Greece off to good start at European Champs Archived 13 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine.". World Rowing (20 September 2009). Retrieved on 30 May 2010
  6. ^ "2010 World Championships – Karapiro Lake, New Zealand – Race 152 : M2x / FB". World Rowing. Retrieved on 13 July 2011
  7. ^ "Gold medal haul for Greece at the European Championships". World Rowing (18 September 2011). Retrieved on 7 May 2012

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