Schedule & Results: Catch Up
Rowing will be in the centre of Rio and Aussies chasing centre of podium
Set on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, the Rio 2016 Games will not only feature the best rowers on the planet but will also have one of the world’s most stunning settings. The Tijuca National Forest, towering Christ the Redeemer statue and picturesque mountain ranges will be the perfect backdrop for those celebrating Olympic success in what is set to be one of the most compelling competitions of the 2016 Games.
After winning five minor medals at the London 2012 Games, Australia’s rowers will be pushing to add to their ten Olympic gold medals when the eight boats hit the water in Rio.
Women to watch: Kim Crow will be one of Australia’s top medal chances in Rio after she raced an incredible six times in eight days at the 2012 London Games. Crow became the first Australian to medal in the single scull, the first Australian to compete in the two events at the one Games and the first Australian to walk away with two medals from the one Games.
Entering the history books at Rio will be Kerry Hore, who is set to become Australia’s first four-time Olympic rower. Hore will race alongside three Olympic rookies, Jessica Hall, Jennifer Clearly and Madeleine Edmunds in the women’s quadruple sculls.
Men to watch: The men’s quad will be looking to back up their London bronze medal performance. Adding their names to the three-time Olympian list will be Karsten Forsterling and James McRae, who will compete alongside rookies Cameron Girdlestone and Alexander Belonogoff.
Chris Morgan will compete at his third Games, partnered up with debutant David Watts in the men’s double sculls, while Alexander Lloyd and Spencer Turrin are set to race at their first Olympic regatta in the men’s pair.
Rhys Grant will be Australia’s men’s single sculler having qualified in June at the last minute regatta in Lucerne.
The men’s coxless fours will look to step up one place from their London 2012 silver. Joshua Dunkley-Smith and William Lockwood will make their second Games appearance in the boat, while Joshua Booth will also compete in his second Olympics, moving from the men’s eight to the four. The trio will be joined by rookie Alexander Hill.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
Each NOC has the opportunity to qualify one boat for each of the 14 events.
The majority of qualifying places will be awarded at the 2015 Rowing World Championships, held in Lac d’Aiguebeltte in France from August 30 – September 4 2015.
Qualification places are not awarded to individual athletes, but to NOCs.
Places are awarded to boats finishing in the top 9 in the single sculls (both men and women), top 5 in the eights, and top 11 in the doubles, lightweight doubles, coxless four and lightweight four (only for men).
In the lightweight double sculls, the top 8 will qualify in the men's event and the top 5 in the women's.
Additional places are distributed to the nations at four continental qualifying regattas in Asia and Oceania (except 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.
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Nomination to the AOC
Where Australia has qualified a quota place in an event at the 2015 World Rowing Championships (30 August – 6 September 2015, Aigubelette), RA will nominate athletes to the AOC for that boat based on recommendations of the Selectors. In making their recommendation in accordance with the 2016 Selection Policy Handbook, the Selectors will have consideration for a series of performance, participation, crew combination and training requirements.
In order to be eligible for nomination to the AOC, or to go to the European and Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, crews must be able to demonstrate an ability to make an A Final at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Where Australia has qualified a quota place for a boat at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta (22 – 25 May 2016, Lucerne) then subject to RA choosing to nominate the boat for the event at the 2016 Olympic Games, RA will nominate the athletes who achieve qualification to the AOC for selection.
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Selection to the AOC
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Competition Format & Events
At the 2016 Games there will be eight events for men and six for women including both open weight and lightweight categories.
The Olympic Games feature two style of rowing: sweep, where competitors each use a single oar, and sculling, where they use two.
Sculling events will include men's and women's singles, doubles, lightweight doubles, and quads. Sweep events are men's and women's pairs and eights, and men's fours and lightweight fours.
The size and composition of the 14 Olympic classes remain unchanged from the 2012 London Olympics, however the number of boats for women has been increased in the women's single sculls, pair, double sculls and lightweight double sculls. A total of 94 Women’s boats will be included on the program for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, which has increased from the 78 at the 2012 London Games.
To account for this, the number of boats for men has been reduced in the men's single sculls, quadruple sculls and eight, to a total of 121 boats for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, decreasing from the 124 at the 2012 London Games.
The number of races varies between events. In some events the top ranked crews after the heats progress straight to the final while the other crews have another opportunity via the repechage.
The maximum number of boats per race is six.
Australia and Olympic Rowing
Australia's rich history in Olympic rowing dates back to Stockholm 1912. Henry "Bobby" Pearce was the nation's first medallist, winning gold in the single scull in 1928 at Amsterdam. He defended his crown four years later and set the scene for a successful history of Australian medallists in Olympic rowing. Since then Australia has grown as a successful Olympic rowing nation, winning 32 medals across men's and women's disciplines in a number of different boat categories. Perhaps the most memorable Olympic successes were that of the "Oarsome Foursome" winning back to back gold in the men's coxless fours in Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996.
Kim Crow established herself as a new Australian rowing legend after creating history in the women’s single and double scull at the London Olympics. Crow achieved the rare feat of silver in the women’s double scull with Brooke Pratley and a bronze medal in the women’s single scull.
In the men’s four, Drew Ginn fell agonisingly short in London, of a remarkable fourth gold medal in as many Olympic appearances as he, Joshua Dunkley-Smith, James Chapman and Will Lockwood were led home by Great Britain in arguably the most anticipated race of the regatta.
Ginn still became Australia’s most successful Olympic rower (3 gold, 1 silver), passing former crew mate James Tomkins (3 gold, 1 bronze).
Australia's Olympic athletics medal tally is: 37 (10 gold, 13 silver, 14 bronze)
Did you know
- Sweep rowers use a single oar and compete in crews of two, four or eight. Scullers have an oar in each hand and compete in singles, doubles and quadruples. In Olympic events on the Eight have a cox.
- For the lightweight events (the lightweight women’s double and the lightweight men’s double and four) the average weight of a men’s crew must not exceed 70kg with the maximum weight for crew members being 72.5kg. For women the average weight of a crew must not exceed 57kg with the maximum weight for crew members being 59kg.
- In a heat, if a dead-heat occurs between crews and if only one of the crews progresses into the next round, then there must be a re-row over the full course between the crews involved.
- In a repechage, a quarter-final or a semi-final if a dead-heat occurs between crews and if only one of the crews progresses into the next round, it shall be the crew which had the highest ranking in the immediate preceding round.
- In a final, if a dead-heat occurs between crews, then they shall be given equal placing in the final order and the next placing shall be left vacant.
Pre-Rio AUS Tally
8 (Days 1 -8)
- Medal Events
14 (14 gold, 14 silver, 14 bronze)
- Total Athletes
550 (331 men & 219 women)
- AUS Athletes
Olympic stars inspire students in Canberra 6 September 2016
A host of Australia's Rio 2016 athletes headed to Giralang Primary School in Canberra to answer questions and help out with PDHPE class.
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Kim Brennan beaming as flag bearer. 22 August 2016
Kim Brennan has been chosen as the flag bearer for the closing ceremony. Kim won gold in the women's rowing single scull 2000m.
Aussie medallists visit Christ the Redeemer 17 August 2016
Some of our Rio medallists ventured to Rio's most iconic site - Christ the Redeemer - to see what all the fuss was about and witness the Olympic city from a new perspective.
Olympic gold for rowing's golden girl 14 August 2016
Rower Kim Brennan became our first Olympic champion in the sport in eight years with a comprehensive win in the women's single scull. Hear from Kim and her parents after a remarkable campaign that had a fairytale finish.
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Men's four wins second rowing medal 13 August 2016
Our rowing men's four won our second medal of the Rio Games with a silver medal against arch rivals Great Britain. Hear from all four crew members: Alexander Hill, Josh Booth, Josh Dunkley-Smith and Will Lockwood.