Rowing at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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Venue Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
Dates 6–13 August
Competitors 550
«2012 2020»
Rowing at the
2016 Summer Olympics

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List of rowers
Single sculls men women
Coxless pair men women
Double sculls men women
Lwt double sculls men women
Coxless four men
Quadruple sculls men women
Eight men women
Lwt coxless four men

The rowing competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeirotook place from 6 to 13 August 2016 at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon inCopacabana. Fourteen medal events were being contested by 550 athletes, 331 men and 219 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. Germanyand New Zealand finished equal in second place with two golds and one silver each.

Competition format[edit]

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]


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”, andRowing 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)[edit]


Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Great Britain 3 2 0 5
2 Germany 2 1 0 3
New Zealand 2 1 0 3
4 Australia 1 2 0 3
5 Netherlands 1 1 1 3
6 Croatia 1 1 0 2
United States 1 1 0 2
8 France 1 0 1 2
Poland 1 0 1 2
10 Switzerland 1 0 0 1
11 Denmark 0 1 1 2
Lithuania 0 1 1 2
13 Canada 0 1 0 1
Ireland 0 1 0 1
South Africa 0 1 0 1
16 China 0 0 2 2
Italy 0 0 2 2
Norway 0 0 2 2
19 Czech Republic 0 0 1 1
Estonia 0 0 1 1
Romania 0 0 1 1
Total 14 14 14 42

Men’s events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
Mahé Drysdale
 New Zealand
Damir Martin
Ondrej Synek
 Czech Republic
Double sculls
 Croatia (CRO)
Martin Sinković
Valent Sinković
 Lithuania (LTU)
Mindaugas Griškonis
Saulius Ritter
 Norway (NOR)
Kjetil Borch
Olaf Tufte
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
 New Zealand (NZL)
Eric Murray
Hamish Bond
 South Africa (RSA)
Lawrence Brittain
Shaun Keeling
 Italy (ITA)
Marco Di Costanzo
Giovanni Abagnale
Coxless four
 Great Britain (GBR)
Alex Gregory
Mohamed 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
William 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 Hendrik
Robert Lücken
Boaz Meylink
Boudewijn Roell
Olivier Siegelaar
Dirk Uittenboogaard
Mechiel Versluis
Tone Wieten
Peter Wiersum
double sculls
 France (FRA)
Pierre Houin
Jérémie Azou
 Ireland (IRL)
Gary O’Donovan
Paul O’Donovan
 Norway (NOR)
Kristoffer Brun
Are Strandli
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[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
Kim Brennan
Gevvie Stone
 United States
Duan Jingli
Double sculls
 Poland (POL)
Magdalena Fularczyk-Kozłowska
Natalia Madaj
 Great Britain (GBR)
Victoria Thornley
Katherine Grainger
 Lithuania (LTU)
Donata Vištartaitė
Milda Valčiukaitė
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
 Great Britain (GBR)
Helen Glover
Heather Stanning
 New Zealand (NZL)
Genevieve Behrent
Rebecca Scown
 Denmark (DEN)
Hedvig Rasmussen
Anne Andersen
Coxed eight
 United States (USA)
Emily Regan
Kerry Simmonds
Amanda Polk
Lauren Schmetterling
Tessa Gobbo
Meghan Musnicki
Eleanor 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
double sculls
 Netherlands (NED)
Ilse Paulis
Maaike Head
 Canada (CAN)
Lindsay Jennerich
Patricia Obee
 China (CHN)
Huang Wenyi
Pan Feihong