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Tactically, it sounds as ludicrous as sprinting the first five kilometres of a marathon. To win a 2000-metre rowing race, the crew must sprint for the first 500 metres. Such are the demands in the sport of the Athlete of the Century and the Oarsome Foursome. Rowing is an endurance test that finishes at a speed of up to 10 metres a second. Crews cover the middle 1000 metres at about 40 strokes per minute, but, over the first and last 500 metres, shift up a gear to as many as 47.[Full story]

List of Events

On the program of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing 2008
  • • coxless pair (2-) Men
  • • double sculls (2x) Men
  • • eight with coxswain (8+) Men
  • • four without coxswain (4-) Men
  • • lightweight coxless four (4-) Men
  • • lightweight double sculls (2x) Men
  • • quadruple sculls without coxsw Men
  • • single sculls (1x) Men
  • • double sculls (2x) Women
  • • eight with coxswain (8+) Women
  • • lightweight double sculls (2x) Women
  • • pair without coxswain (2-) Women
  • • quadruple sculls without coxsw Women
  • • single sculls (1x) Women

Athlete Quota:

350 places for men
194 places for women
4 places for Tripartite Commission Invitations
2 places for Host Nation
Total of 550 athletes



31 December 2006 FISA to determine location of Olympic Qualification Regattas
19–21 July 2007 FISA African Olympic Qualification Regatta on the occasion of the All Africa Games in Algeria.
26 Aug-2 Sept 2007 2007 World Rowing Championships, Munich (GER)
15 November 2007 Deadline for the submission of requests for Tripartite Commission Invitation places by all NOCs
15–18 November 2007 FISA Latin American Olympic Qualification Regatta, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
24–27 April 2008 FISA Asian Olympic Qualification Regatta, Shanghai (CHN)
31 May 2008 Deadline for NOCs to confirm to FISA use of qualification places gained at the 2007 World Championships and Continental Qualification Regattas in Asia, Africa and Latin America
2 June 2008 Closing date for entries for the Final Qualification Regatta
2 June 2008 FISA to confirm allocation of any additional qualification places for the Final Qualification Regatta
15-18 June 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, Poznan (POL)
3 July 2008 FISA to confirm reallocation of any available places arising from the final qualification regatta
April–July 2008 The Tripartite Commission will confirm, in writing, the allocation of Invitation places to the NOCs
23 July 2008 Deadline for the Beijing 2008 Organising Committee to receive entry forms submitted by NOCsa

hall of Fame

Pertti Karppinen Pertti Karppinen Pertti Karppinen, a two-metre tall fireman from Parsio, Finland, won the singles sculls ...  [Full story]

Vyacheslav Ivanov Vyacheslav Ivanov Vyacheslav Ivanov won his first gold medal in rowing's single sculls event in 1956. [Full story]

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