Rowing at the 2020 Summer Olympics

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Rowing
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
VenueCentral Breakwater
Dates24 – 31 July 2020
No. of events14
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The rowing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will take place between 24 and 31 July 2020 at Central Breakwater in Tokyo Bay. Fourteen medal events will be contested by 526 athletes (263 men and women each).[1]

Competition format[edit]

Unlike the program's format in 2016, rowing features a total of 14 events (seven each for both men and women). Events include, but are not limited to categories for open weight and restricted weight (lightweight) athletes, and two styles of rowing: sweep, where competitors each use a single oar, and sculling, where they use a double placed on opposite sides of the boat.

Sculling events include men's and women's singles, doubles, lightweight doubles, and quads. Sweep events include men's and women's coxless pairs, coxless fours, and eights.[1]

On 9 June 2017, the International Rowing Federation welcomed the decision of the International Olympic Committee to approve the changes of the Olympic rowing program to achieve gender equality. Hence, the women's coxless four replaced the men's lightweight coxless four from the previous Games, the most significant change made to the rowing program after 24 years.[2][3]

Qualification[edit]

Each nation might qualify one boat for each of the fourteen events. The majority of the berths will be awarded based on the results at the 2019 World Rowing Championships, held in Ottensheim, Austria from August 25 to September 1, 2019.[4] Places are awarded to National Olympic Committees, not to specific athletes, finishing in the top 9 in the single sculls (both men and women), top 5 in the eights, top 8 in the fours and quadruple sculls, top 7 in the lightweight double sculls, and top 11 each in the pairs and double sculls.[5] Further berths will be distributed to the nations (and in this case to specific competitors) at four continental qualifying regattas in Asia and Oceania (except for Australia and New Zealand), Africa, Latin America, and Europe (with the additional participation of the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), and at a final Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Medalists[edit]

Men’s[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
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Double sculls
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Quadruple sculls
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Coxless pair
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Coxless four
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Coxed eight
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Lightweight double sculls
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Women’s[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
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Double sculls
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Quadruple sculls
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Coxless pair
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Coxless four
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Coxed eight
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Lightweight double sculls
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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Qualification System – Games of the XXXII Olympiad – Tokyo 2020" (pdf). IOC, FISA. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Richard Chambers criticises lightweight four axing for Tokyo 2020". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  3. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (10 February 2017). "IOC against more Olympic lightweight rowing events, FISA Congress warned". insidethegames.biz. Dunsar Media Company Limited. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  4. ^ Mackay, Duncan (7 September 2018). "Linz-Ottensheim awarded 2019 World Rowing Championships". insidethegames.biz. Dunsar Media Company Limited. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Tokyo 2020 – FISA Rowing Qualification System" (PDF). FISA. Retrieved 16 March 2015.

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