1962 World Rowing Championships
VenueRotsee
LocationLucerne, Switzerland
Dates6–9 September
Competitors401 from 24 nations

The 1962 World Rowing Championships were the inaugural world championships in rowing. The competition was held in September 1962 on the Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland.[1][2] Rowers from West Germany dominated the competition, winning five of the seven boat classes.

Background

The Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron (FISA) decided in 1961 that, like at the Olympics, rowers from the whole world should compete for a championship title; thus far, they had only organised the European Rowing Championships, although they were open to rowers from outside of Europe.[3] Prior to the 1974 World Rowing Championships, only men competed.[1] Seven boat classes were part of the inaugural world championships that was held from 6 to 9 September on the Swiss Rotsee. There were 401 competitors from 24 countries (counting East and West Germany as one country) with 107 boats at the competition. Between 13 (double scull) and 17 (coxless pair) competed per boat class.[3]

German rowers

FISA did not recognise East Germany, hence only one German crew was permitted per event. Selection trials between East and West German crews were held on 3 September on the Rotsee, three days before the start of the championships.[4] As was predicted by East German media outlets, West German crews would win in six of the seven categories, with 1960 Olympic single scull silver medal winner Achim Hill the only successful East German qualifier, beating Edgar Heidorn from Hanover.[2][4][5] During the world championships, Hill did not proceed beyond the heats, though.[6]

Medal summary

Medalists at the 1962 World Rowing Championships:[1][2]

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Country & rowers Time[2] Country & rowers Time Country & rowers Time
M1x [7]  Soviet Union
Vyacheslav Ivanov
7:07.09  Great Britain
Stuart Mackenzie
7:10.67  United States
Seymour Cromwell
7:11.88
M2x [8]  France
René Duhamel
Bernard Monnereau
6:33.90  Soviet Union
Boris Dubrovskiy
Oleg Tyurin
6:34.74  West Germany
Jost Krause-Wichmann
Josef Steffes-Mies
6:34.92
M2- [9]  West Germany
Dieter Bender
Günther Zumkeller
6:54.62  Soviet Union
Valentin Boreyko
Oleg Golovanov
6:58.19   Switzerland
Hugo Waser
Adolf Waser
7:05.59
M2+ [10]  West Germany
Wolfgang Neuß
Klaus-Günter Jordan
Frank Steinhäuser
7:19.10  Romania
Ionel Petrov
Carol Vereș
Oprea Păunescu[11]
7:22.60  Soviet Union
Vladimir Smirnov
Valeriy Polkovski
Igor Rudakov
7:24.17
M4- [12]  West Germany
Gerd Wolter
Dagobert Thometschek
Peter Paustian
Christian Prey
6:19.24  France
André Fevret[13]
Roger Chatelain[14]
Philippe Malivoire [15]
Jean-Pierre Drivet[16]
6:21.78[17]  Austria
Dieter Losert
Dieter Ebner
Horst Kuttelwascher[18]
Helmuth Kuttelwascher[19]
M4+ [20]  West Germany
Bernd-Jürgen Marschner
Peter Neusel
Bernhard Britting
Manfred Ross
Jürgen Oelke
6:29.12  France
Jean Ledoux[21]
Émile Clerc[22]
André Sloth
Pierre Maddaloni[23]
Alain Bouffard[24]
6:31.93  Soviet Union
Boris Fyodorov
Yury Suslin
Yuriy Tyukalov
Anatoli Fedorov
Igor Rudakov
6:33.30
M8+ [25]  West Germany
Horst Meyer
Jürgen Plagemann
Klaus Aeffke
Klaus Behrens
Hans-Jürgen Wallbrecht
Karl-Heinrich von Groddeck
Ingo Kliefoth [de]
Bernd Kruse [de]
Thomas Ahrens
5:50.83  Soviet Union
Ričardas Vaitkevičius
Antanas Bagdonavičius
Zigmas Jukna
Viktor Semyonov
Vytautas Briedis
Petras Karla
Yaroslav Cherstvy
Juozas Jagelavičius
Yuriy Lorentsson
5:53.56  France
Christian Puibaraud[26]
Jean-Pierre Bellet[27]
Jacques Morel
Joseph Moroni[28]
Georges Morel
Robert Dumontois
Bernard Meynadier[29]
Michel Viaud[30]
Alain Bouffard[24]
5:55.36

Event codes

single scull double scull coxless pair coxed pair coxless four coxed four eight (coxed)
Men's M1x M2x M2- M2+ M4- M4+ M8+

Medal table

Country 1st place, gold medalist(s) Gold 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Silver 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Total
 West Germany 5 0 1 6
 Soviet Union 1 3 2 6
 France 1 2 1 4
 Great Britain 0 1 0 1
 Romania 0 1 0 1
 Austria 0 0 1 1
  Switzerland 0 0 1 1
 United States 0 0 1 1
Total 7 7 7 21

The countries that did compete but did not win medals were Denmark and the Netherlands (they had entered 7 boats each), Czechoslovakia (6 boats), Norway and Poland (5 boats each), Belgium, Japan and Sweden (4 boats each), Australia, Finland and Canada (3 boats each), Israel, Yugoslavia, and Hungary (2 boats each), and New Zealand and Portugal (1 boat each).[3]

Finals

[31]

Event 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
M1x  Soviet Union  Great Britain  United States  Netherlands   Switzerland  New Zealand
M2x  France  Soviet Union  West Germany  Czechoslovakia  Great Britain  Netherlands
M2-  West Germany  Soviet Union   Switzerland  Poland  Finland  Netherlands
M2+  West Germany  Romania  Soviet Union  Denmark  United States  Poland
M4-  West Germany  France  Austria  Italy   Switzerland  Romania
M4+  West Germany  France  Soviet Union  Poland  Australia  Romania
M8+  West Germany  Soviet Union  France  Italy  Australia  Canada

Great Britain

[32]

Event Notes
M1x Stuart Mackenzie 2nd in A final
M2x George Justicz & Nicholas Birkmyre 5th in A final
M2- Stewart Farquharson & David Lee Nicholson won B final
M2+ no crew
M4- University of London Boat Club 4th in B Final
M4+ no crew
M8+ Molesey Boat Club 3rd B Final

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