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.
The right-hand side of the boat, also known as port side
The moment at which the oar enters the water
The left-hand side of the boat, also known as starboard
Impress your friends
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
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 cox is a guiding influence only, and as such does not necessarily have to have a disability to be part of the team
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.
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
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).
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.
AS – Minimal or no functional use of trunk, propel the boat using arms and/or shoulders.
TA – Functional use of trunk and arms but cannot use sliding seat due to impaired lower limbs.
LTA-PD – Use of legs, trunk and arms to propel the boat, and can use a sliding seat.
LTA-VI – Visually impaired.
Athletes from LTA-PD and LTA-VI compete together in the LTA mixed coxed four event.
Athletes & Teams
|16 - 20||7|
|21 - 25||18|
|26 - 30||19|
|31 - 40||32|