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Rowing

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A lung-busting challenge, this is rowing’s third appearance at the Paralympic Games – it was included as a competitive sport at Beijing 2008. The races will be held at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, with one men’s, one women’s and two mixed events.
Spectator's Guide - Rowing
  • Rowing

About

About

Aim of the game

Rowing boats of varying lengths and crew sizes race over a straight 1 km course – the boat that crosses the finish line first is the winner.

Why should you watch this?

The strength and determination of the athletes, the stroke-by-stroke drama of the races, the nail-bitingly close finishes – all taking place in the breathtaking setting of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas – will make for a captivating spectacle.

International Federation

Paralympic debut

Beijing 2008

Rules
  • Stroke side

    Stroke side

    The right-hand side of the boat, also known as port side

  • Catch

    Catch

    The moment at which the oar enters the water

  • Bow

    Bow

    The left-hand side of the boat, also known as starboard

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  • The first world championships of adapted rowing took place in Spain in 2002 between seven countries. Two years later, 24 countries took part in the second world championship

    The first world championships of adapted rowing took place in Spain in 2002 between seven countries. Two years later, 24 countries took part in the second world championship

  • Great Britain looked like leaving London 2012 empty-handed, when the mixed coxed four out-ran Germany to win gold by less than two seconds and send the crowds at Eton Dorney wild

    Great Britain looked like leaving London 2012 empty-handed, when the mixed coxed four out-ran Germany to win gold by less than two seconds and send the crowds at Eton Dorney wild

  • Paralympic champion in Beijing 2008 and 3x world champion, Britain’s Tom Aggar has his sights on Rio and is determined to claim gold once more after a fourth place in 2012

    Paralympic champion in Beijing 2008 and 3x world champion, Britain’s Tom Aggar has his sights on Rio and is determined to claim gold once more after a fourth place in 2012

  • The women’s single sculls champion at the London 2012 Games, Ukrainian Alla Lysenko, continues to shine at the age of 44 and is aiming for gold in Rio

    The women’s single sculls champion at the London 2012 Games, Ukrainian Alla Lysenko, continues to shine at the age of 44 and is aiming for gold in Rio

  • The cox is a guiding influence only, and as such does not necessarily have to have a disability to be part of the team

    The cox is a guiding influence only, and as such does not necessarily have to have a disability to be part of the team

Races

Six-boat races are contested between individual, two- or four-man crews.       The course is 1km long in a straight line, the first over the line wins.

Sculling

Athletes use two oars, one in each hand:

Single scull (1x)              

Class A: athletes who use only their arms to propel the boat    

Double scull (2x)            

Class TA: athletes who use their trunk and arms to propel the boat      

Sweep

Athletes hold one oar with two hands:

Coxed four (4+)              

Class LTA: legs, arms and trunk used to propel the boat          

A coxed four also includes people with a visual impairment, and only one of the athletes can be from class B3 (people with the least severe eligible visual impairment).

Safety

To guarantee the safety of the athletes, the boats are adapted in accordance with the classification of the competitor:

- Seats can be fixed and may have a back-support

- Side supports provide greater stability to the boat

Use of prostheses

The use of prostheses and orthoses during the competition is strictly regulated to prevent any unfair advantage.

Stats

Top Medalists

Men
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Tom Aggar
1 0 0 1
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Luca Agoletto
1 0 0 1
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Tianming Fei
1 0 0 1
Women
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Naomi Riches
1 0 1 2
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Liudmila Vauchok
0 1 1 2
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Xiaoxian Lou
1 0 0 1