at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueRodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
Dates6–13 August 2016
No. of events14
Competitors547 from 69 nations
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The rowing competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 6 to 13 August 2016 at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Copacabana. Fourteen medal events were being contested by 547 athletes, 334 men and 213 women.[1]

For the third Olympics in a row, Great Britain was the most successful nation, topping the medal table with three golds and two silvers. Germany and New Zealand finished equal in second place with two golds and one silver each.

Competition format

There were eight events for men and six for women. Events included 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 used two.

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

Although the size and composition of the 14 Olympic classes remained unchanged from the 2012 format, the number of boats for men had been reduced in the single sculls, quadruple sculls, and eight, spurring a change towards an increased proportion of boats for women in the single sculls, pair, double sculls, and lightweight double sculls.[2]


Main article: Rowing at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Qualification

Each competing nation might qualify one boat for each of the fourteen events. The majority of the qualifying places were awarded based on the results at the 2015 World Rowing Championships, held at Lac d'Aiguebelette, France from August 30 to September 4, 2015.[3] 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, and top 11 in the pairs, doubles, and lightweight doubles, and (only for men) in the coxless four and lightweight four. In the quadruple sculls, the first eight nations will be qualified in the men's event, and the first five in the women's.[4] Further berths were 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.[2]


After the first day of the competition, many rowers voiced their frustration about the rough conditions on the water. New Zealand rowers Emma Twigg and Mahé Drysdale talked about the regatta being about "survival rather than skill", and Rowing New Zealand lodged an official complaint with the organisers for not postponing the first day when conditions became "unrowable". With the water even more choppy at the start of the second day, that day's rowing was postponed.[5]

H Heats R Repechage ¼ Quarterfinals ½ Semifinals F Final
Event↓/Date → Sat 6 Sun 7 Mon 8 Tue 9 Wed 10 Thu 11 Fri 12 Sat 13
Single sculls H R ¼ ½ F
Pair H R ½ F
Double sculls H R ½ F
Lightweight double sculls H R ½ F
Four H R ½ F
Quadruple sculls H R F
Lightweight four H R ½ F
Eight H R F
Event↓/Date → Sat 6 Sun 7 Mon 8 Tue 9 Wed 10 Thu 11 Fri 12 Sat 13
Single sculls H R ¼ ½ F
Pair H R ½ F
Double sculls H R ½ F
Lightweight double sculls H R ½ F
Quadruple sculls H R F
Eight H R F


Participating nations (number of rowers)


Main article: Qualified rowers

Medal summary

Medal table

1 Great Britain3205
2 Germany2103
 New Zealand2103
4 Australia1203
5 Netherlands1113
6 Croatia1102
 United States1102
8 France1012
10 Switzerland1001
11 Denmark0112
13 Canada0101
 South Africa0101
16 China0022
19 Czech Republic0011
Totals (21 nations)14141442

Men's events

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
Mahé Drysdale
 New Zealand
Damir Martin
Ondřej Synek
 Czech Republic
Double sculls
 Martin Sinković
and Valent Sinković (CRO)
 Mindaugas Griškonis
and Saulius Ritter (LTU)
 Kjetil Borch
and Olaf Tufte (NOR)
Quadruple sculls
 Germany (GER)
Philipp Wende
Lauritz Schoof
Karl Schulze
Hans Gruhne
 Australia (AUS)
Karsten Forsterling
Alexander Belonogoff
Cameron Girdlestone
James McRae
 Estonia (EST)
Andrei Jämsä
Allar Raja
Tõnu Endrekson
Kaspar Taimsoo
Coxless pair
 Eric Murray
and Hamish Bond (NZL)
 Lawrence Brittain
and Shaun Keeling (RSA)
 Marco Di Costanzo
and Giovanni Abagnale (ITA)
Coxless four
 Great Britain (GBR)
Alex Gregory
Moe Sbihi
George Nash
Constantine Louloudis
 Australia (AUS)
Will Lockwood
Josh Dunkley-Smith
Josh Booth
Alexander Hill
 Italy (ITA)
Domenico Montrone
Matteo Castaldo
Matteo Lodo
Giuseppe Vicino
Coxed eight
 Great Britain (GBR)
Paul Bennett
Scott Durant
Matt Gotrel
Matt Langridge
Tom Ransley
Pete Reed
Will Satch
Andrew Triggs Hodge
Phelan Hill
 Germany (GER)
Maximilian Munski
Malte Jakschik
Andreas Kuffner
Eric Johannesen
Maximilian Reinelt
Felix Drahotta
Richard Schmidt
Hannes Ocik
Martin Sauer
 Netherlands (NED)
Kaj Hendriks
Robert Lücken
Boaz Meylink
Boudewijn Röell
Olivier Siegelaar
Dirk Uittenbogaard
Mechiel Versluis
Tone Wieten
Peter Wiersum
Lightweight double sculls
 Pierre Houin
and Jérémie Azou (FRA)
 Gary O'Donovan
and Paul O'Donovan (IRL)
 Kristoffer Brun
and Are Strandli (NOR)
Lightweight coxless four
 Switzerland (SUI)
Lucas Tramèr
Simon Schürch
Simon Niepmann
Mario Gyr
 Denmark (DEN)
Jacob Barsøe
Jacob Larsen
Kasper Winther Jørgensen
Morten Jørgensen
 France (FRA)
Franck Solforosi
Thomas Baroukh
Guillaume Raineau
Thibault Colard

Women's events

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
Kim Brennan
Genevra Stone
 United States
Duan Jingli
Double sculls
 Magdalena Fularczyk
and Natalia Madaj (POL)
 Victoria Thornley
and Katherine Grainger (GBR)
 Donata Vištartaitė
and Milda Valčiukaitė (LTU)
Quadruple sculls
 Germany (GER)
Annekatrin Thiele
Carina Bär
Julia Lier
Lisa Schmidla
 Netherlands (NED)
Chantal Achterberg
Nicole Beukers
Inge Janssen
Carline Bouw
 Poland (POL)
Maria Springwald
Joanna Leszczyńska
Agnieszka Kobus
Monika Ciaciuch
Coxless pair
 Helen Glover
and Heather Stanning (GBR)
 Genevieve Behrent
and Rebecca Scown (NZL)
 Hedvig Rasmussen
and Anne Andersen (DEN)
Coxed eight
 United States (USA)
Emily Regan
Kerry Simmonds
Amanda Polk
Lauren Schmetterling
Tessa Gobbo
Meghan Musnicki
Elle Logan
Amanda Elmore
Katelin Snyder
 Great Britain (GBR)
Katie Greves
Melanie Wilson
Frances Houghton
Polly Swann
Jessica Eddie
Olivia Carnegie-Brown
Karen Bennett
Zoe Lee
Zoe de Toledo
 Romania (ROU)
Roxana Cogianu
Ioana Strungaru
Mihaela Petrilă
Iuliana Popa
Mădălina Beres
Laura Oprea
Adelina Boguș
Andreea Boghian
Daniela Druncea
Lightweight double sculls
 Ilse Paulis
and Maaike Head (NED)
 Lindsay Jennerich
and Patricia Obee (CAN)
 Huang Wenyi
and Pan Feihong (CHN)

See also


  1. ^ a b "Rio 2016: Rowing". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b Butler, Nick (16 March 2015). "Changes to Rio 2016 qualification announced by rowing to boost female and global participation". Inside the Games. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  3. ^ "World Rowing will meet in Aiguebelette". FISA. 16 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Rio 2016 – FISA Rowing Qualification System" (PDF). FISA. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Rowing races could be cancelled after day abandoned". The New Zealand Herald. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b "World Rowing: Rio 2016 Olympic Schedule" (pdf). FISA. Retrieved 26 July 2016.