The year that was… senior rowing
The 2017 year saw the rise of new names, new World Best Times being set and a new standard in close finishes and high rating sprints. The World Rowing Championships headed to the United States for the first time in 23 years and the European Rowing Championships continued to expand. Read on to learn more about the top performing nations and boats at the senior level in 2017.
World Rowing Championships
When and where… Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, United States from 24 September to 1 October 2017
Number of participating nations… 69
Number of medalling nations… 29
Biggest team… USA with 75 athletes
Most medalled nation… Italy with nine medals overall (three gold, three silver and three bronze medals), followed by New Zealand with seven medals and Australia with six. All top three nations won three gold medals.
Boat class with highest number of entries… Men’s single sculls with 40 boats entered.
LM4x 0.17 of a second with France just beating Great Britain to the line to take gold.
LW2x 0.21 of a second with Romania’s Ionela-Livia Lehaci and Gianina-Elena Beleaga in gold and New Zealand’s Zoe McBride and Jackie Kiddle in silver.
M2- 0.34 of a second with Italy’s Matteo Lodo and Giuseppe Vicino in gold medal position and Croatia’s Martin and Valent Sinkovic in silver.
W4- 0.67 of a second with Australia in first and Poland in second.
What they said…
Hannes Ocik (s), Germany, M8+ gold
“Honestly, I think the work in the two months before this event was so much tougher than the actual race. Staying focused for so long was a real challenge. It was such a good feeling crossing the finish line today.”
John Storey (b), New Zealand, M2x gold
“I didn’t know where I was in that last stretch, I just had my eyes closed. This is like a dream come true. It’s an insane boat class. Every crew has stepped up in this field. Throughout the race, there was no settling in to a rhythm, we just stuck to our game plan and went for it at the end.”
Graham Thomas, Great Britain, M4x silver
Thomas was called up to race in place of Peter Lambert at the last minute: “I got a million WhatsApp messages telling me I was needed straight away. Today I did my best. I think this shows the depth of the squad and that the quad is making a name for itself in GB rowing.”
Maria Wierzbowska (s), Poland, W4- silver
“This was the best race of my life. I knew we could do this. I used to have my sister in this boat, but she got hit by a car a couple weeks ago. She is doing better now, she is very strong, very ambitious and she wants to go to Tokyo.”
Emily Schmieg (b), United States of America, LW2x bronze
“We’ve discussed our race plan so many times so right now it was just time to execute. The roar of the crowd is amazing. This was the first worlds our parents came for and I’m so happy we rowed well for them.”
2017 World Rowing Cup series
Top three nations overall… Great Britain (134 points), New Zealand (108 points), Poland (91 points). Detailed list here.
Overall winning teams in each boat class…
Women’s pair – New Zealand
Men’s pair – France
Women’s double sculls – New Zealand
Men’s double sculls – New Zealand
Men’s Four – Great Britain
Women’s single sculls – Switzerland
Lightweight women’s double sculls – Poland
Lightweight men’s double sculls – France
Lightweight men’s four – Italy
Women’s quadruple sculls – Poland
Men’s quadruple sculls – Great Britain
Women’s eight – New Zealand
Men’s eight - Germany
European Rowing Championships
When and where… 26-28 May 2017, Racice, Czech Republic
Number of participating nations… 35
Number of competitors… 533
Number of medalling nations … 19
Most medalled nation… Italy with eight medals (three gold, one silver and four bronze medals)
Next year’s edition… 2-5 August 2018, Strathclyde, Great Britain
More information here.
Photos and videos here.
Senior World Best Times set in 2017….
1. M8+ GER at 05:18.68
2. W2- NZL at 06:49.08
3. M1x NZL at 06:30.74
All senior World Best Times here.
World Cup Best Times set in 2017…
1. W1x AUT at 07:13.26
2. M1x NZL at 06:30.74
3. W2- NZL at 06:49.08
4. W2x NZL at 06:39.13
5. W4- AUS at 06:22.65
6. LW4x AUS at 06:26.32
7. M8+ GER at 05:18.68
European Championship Best Time set in 2017…
1. M2x BLR at 06:07.75
2017 World Rowing Awards
Female Crew of the Year… Switzerland’s Jeannine Gmelin, women’s single sculls
Male Crew of the Year… Germany’s men’s eight
More information here