Sverri Sandberg Nielsen

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Sverri Sandberg Nielsen
Sverri Sandberg Nielsen in 2011.jpg
Medal record
Rowing men
Representing Denmark

Sverri Sandberg Nielsen (born 1993 in Tórshavn, grew up in Miðvágur)[1][2] is a Faroese rower who competes for Danske Studenters Roklub[3][4] and Denmark in a single sculler, heavy weight. He also competes in indoor rowing and has sat a new Danish record three years in a row, 2015, 2016 and 2017.


Sverri S. Nielsen began his rowing career in the Faroe Islands competing in Faroese wooden rowing boats with 6 or 8 rowers and a cox;[5] he was also training indoor rowing in the Faroe Islands as well as outdoor rowing. In 2011 he won the C.R.A.S.H.-B.Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships for Junior Men.[6] He is a member of the Danish National rowing team, he currently competes in Single sculler, heavy weight, he has also competed in double sculler.

Results in Indoor Rowing - Danish record holder[edit]

Nielsen is the current Danish record holder in the men's indoor rowing, heavy weight, he broke a nine-year old Danish record in January 2015[7] and improved the same record in January 2016 in the time 5.51.6[8] and again in January 2017 in the time 5:49.20,[9] and in February 2017 at the European Indoor Rowing Championship, which he won in the time 5:47.9.[10]

Results in single scull[edit]

Nielsen competed at the 2015 World Rowing Championships making it to the semi-final; he competed at the 2015 World Rowing Championship under-23 and made it to the final where his final result was number four.[11] At the 2017 World Rowing Championships he made it to the semifinals, where he was number four in the time 06:53.420.[12]

Missed Olympic qualification[edit]

He missed the Olympic qualification for the 2016 Summer Olympics by less than one second, when he came in as number four at the finale qualification race for the Olympics.[13] Denmark and all other nations were not allowed to have more than two boats in the men's and women's single sculler and double lightweight sculler. But because or the new rule of diversity, Denmark gained another place for one of their boat for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio; this happened when Belgium won two competition in the men's single and double scullers at the final qualification race, but were only allowed to take one of the two boats to Rio. It was therefore up Belgium to decide, whether Denmark should have the men's single sculler or double sculler to the Olympics. Belgium chose to take their single sculler, and therefore Sverri Nielsen could not compete at the Olympics 2016, instead the extra place went to Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist.[14]


  1. ^ Rana, Danjal av (25 January 2015). "Sverri Nielsen væl fyri" (in Faroese). Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  2. ^ – Sverri S. Nielsen við á danska landsliðnum í rógving
  3. ^ Bacher, Mette (28 July 2015). "U23VM – en stor dansk udfordring" (in Danish). Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Sverri S. Nielsen – Aldersklasse: Senior A – Danske Studenters Roklub" (in Danish). Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  5. ^ Jensen, Bergur R. Dam (18 January 2013). "Sverri S. Nielsen undir 6 min á 2000m" (in Faroese). Miðvágs Róðrarfelag. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  6. ^ "2011 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships". Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Sportschef måtte overlade rekord til Sverri Nielsen ved DM" (in Danish). 1 February 2015. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Sverri er danmarkarmeistari" (in Faroese). Kringvarp Føroya. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  9. ^ Bentsen, Bo (28 January 2017). "Færøsk muskelbundt smadrer dansk rekord for tredje år i træk". TV2. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  10. ^ Thygesen, Leif (4 February 2017). "Europamesterskaber i ergometerroning lørdag den 4. februar 2017 i Paris - ti danske roere deltager" (in Danish). Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  11. ^ "World Rowing – Sverri Nielsen – Recent Results". Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  12. ^ "SEMIFINAL: SA/B 2 - 29 SEP 11:03". World Rowing. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  13. ^ Petersen, Niels (24 May 2016). "Sverri rakk ikki OL kravtíðini - men Belgia heldur lív í vónini" (in Faroese). Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Belgien afgør danske OL-guldvinderes skæbne efter kiks" (in Danish). 24 May 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2017.

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