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The first reference to rowing dates to ancient Egyptian times where the sporting component was also equally evident. During Venetian festivals of the 1200s, boat races were often held, and the festivals were named regata. The first recording of rowing competitions took place on the Thames in London where races were held between watermen of ferries and water taxis. These races were incentivised with prizes provided by wealthy owners of riverside properties, artisans and merchants. Doggett’s Coat and Badge is the oldest surviving boat race and was first contested in 1715 and still features every year between London Bridge and Chelsea. Through the years the popularity of boat races on rivers grew with prizes becoming bigger, drawing in great numbers of spectators. Apart from the Thames River, boat races were also especially popular on the River Tyne in North East England. It had equally taken off in the United States with the oldest recorded race in 1756 in New York. By the end of the 1700s and throughout the 1800s, amateur competitions began to emerge between colleges and universities in England and the United States. The first boat race between Oxford University and Cambridge University took place in 1829. Regattas also became popular. Henley-on-Thames began hosting an annual regatta in 1839, while the oldest intercollegiate regatta in the United States is the Harvard-Yale Regatta. The first was contested in 1852.  

Rowing continued to grow in popularity worldwide and required a sense of management and direction, especially as a sport. This came with the formation of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron (FISA) in 1892. FISA later changed to World Rowing and is now the highest authority and world governing body for rowing. The sport took a major step forward when official recognition was granted by the International Olympic Committee. The first appearance at the Summer Olympic program featured in 1900 in Paris. It took a further 76 years before women rowers could also participate at the Montréal Summer Olympics. World Rowing manages competitions for rowing which include the World Rowing Cup, the World Rowing Championships for seniors, under-23 and juniors, the World Rowing Masters Regatta, the World Rowing Coastal Championships, and the World Rowing Beach Spring Finals. World Rowing currently has over 150 member National Rowing Federations and sets the rules and regulations for the sport, ensuring that all members adhere to the code of ethics and integrity throughout all age levels. The mission for World Rowing is to continue to grow and develop the sport in order to achieve participation in every nation in the world. This will also establish bonds and unite communities as rowing becomes more and more popular.  

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2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships - Any Concept2 Indoor Rower - Virtual - 23rd to 27th February (results):

Open Men (2000m) - Ward Lemmelijn (BEL) / Open Women (2000m) - Kirsten Kline (USA) / Under 23 Men (2000m) - Alex Byrne (IRL) / Under 23 Women (2000m) - Alexandra Föster (GER)

U19 Men (2000m) - Isaiah Harrison (USA) / U19 Women (2000m) - Meg Knight (GBR) / Lightweight Men (2000m) - Florian Roller (GER) / Lightweight Women (2000m) - Klaudia Pankratiew (POL)

U23 Lightweight Men (2000m) - Felipe Kluver (URU) / U23 Lightweight Women (2000m) - Imy Bantick (GBR) / PR1 Men (2000m) - Marcus Klemp (GER) / PR1 Women (2000m) - Birgit Skarstein (NOR)

PR2 Men (2000m) - Gian Filippo Mirabile (ITA) / PR2 Women (2000m) - Kathryn Ross (AUS) / PR3 Men (2000m) - Remy Taranto (FRA) / PR3 Women (2000m) - Margot Boulet (FRA)

PR3-II Men (2000m) - Rhys Davies (GBR) / PR3-II Women (2000m) - No Entries / Masters 30-39 Men (2000m) - Tim Grohmann (GER) / Masters 30-39 Women (2000m) - Kirsten Kline (USA)

Masters 40-49 Men (2000m) - Anton Grassl (SVK) / Masters 40-49 Women (2000m) - Helen Pearce (AUS)

Masters 50-54 Men (2000m) - Andrew Benko (USA) / Masters 50-54 Women (2000m) - Margit Haahr Hansen (DEN)

Masters 55-59 Men (2000m) - Kent Pettersson (SWE) / Masters 55-59 Women (2000m) - Joanne Blundell (GBR)

Masters 60-64 Men (2000m) - Giorgio Vallebuona (CHI) / Masters 60-64 Women (2000m) - Carla Stein (USA)

Masters 70-74 Men (2000m) - Frans van Mierlo (NED) / Masters 70-74 Women (2000m) - Merete Boldt (DEN)

Masters 75-79 Men (2000m) - George Petelin (AUS) / Masters 75-79 Women (2000m) - Mies Bernelot Moens (NED)

Masters 80-84 Men (2000m) - Alan McClennen (USA) / Masters 80-84 Women (2000m) - No Entries

Masters 85-89 Men (2000m) - Mike Hurley (GBR) / Masters 85-89 Women (2000m) - Alida Kingswood (CAN)

Masters 90-94 Men (2000m) - Martti Mäkelä (FIN) / Masters 90-94 Women (2000m) - Val Coleman (GBR)

Masters 95-99 Men (2000m) / Masters 95-99 Women (2000m) / Masters 100+ Men (2000m) / Masters 100+ Women (2000m) - No Entries

Masters 30-39 Lightweight Men (2000m) - Sebastian Kleinsorgen (GER) / Masters 30-39 Lightweight Women (2000m) - Sarita Kristina Hansen - DEN

Masters 40-49 Lightweight Men (2000m) - Jesús González Álvarez (ESP) / Masters 40-49 Lightweight Women (2000m) - Anna Hughes-Davies (GBR)

Masters 50-54 Lightweight Men (2000m) - Philip Healy (IRL) / Masters 50-54 Lightweight Women (2000m) - Justine Reston (GBR)

Masters 55-59 Lightweight Men (2000m) - Dariusz Stefanowski (POL) / Masters 55-59 Lightweight Women (2000m) - Marianne Becker (DEN)

Masters 60-64 Lightweight Men (2000m) - Martin Luirink (NED) / Masters 60-64 Lightweight Women (2000m) - Shelley Cornish (AUS)

Masters 65-69 Lightweight Men (2000m) - Gérard Le Flohic (FRA) / Masters 65-69 Lightweight Women (2000m) - Ritva Reponen (FIN)

Masters 70-74 Lightweight Men (2000m) - Alain Mangin (FRA) / Masters 70-74 Lightweight Women (2000m) - Martine Mallet (FRA)

Masters 75-79 Lightweight Men (2000m) - Peter Robinson (NZL) / Masters 75-79 Lightweight Women (2000m) - Barbara Hogan (USA)

Masters 80-84 Lightweight Men (2000m) - Joseph Kasputys (USA) / Masters 80-84 Lightweight Women (2000m) - Anne Cresswell (withdrawn before draw)

Masters 85-89 Lightweight Men (2000m) / Masters 85-89 Lightweight Women (2000m) - No Entries / Masters 90-94 Lightweight Men (2000m) - Richard Morgan (IRL)

Masters 90-94 Lightweight Women (2000m) / Masters 95-99 Lightweight Men (2000m) / Masters 95-99 Lightweight Women (2000m) - No Entries

Masters 100+ Lightweight Men (2000m) / Masters 100+ Lightweight Women (2000m) - No Entries

Open Men (500m) - Phil Clapp (GBR) / Open Women (500m) - Ana do Carmo Caldas (POR) / Under 23 Men (500m) - Leo Muiste (EST) / Under 23 Women (500m) - Charlotte Dixon (GBR)

Under 19 Men (500m) - Artem Zakharov (UKR) / Under 19 Women (500m) - Sara Mohamed Zafer Said Elsayed Elmarzouky (EGY)

Lightweight Men (500m) - Benjamin Smith (AUS) / Lightweight Women (500m) - Anna Hughes-Davies (GBR)

Under 23 Lightweight Men (500m) - Aleksander Chajda (POL) / Under 23 Lightweight Women (500m) - Merlène Eychenne (FRA)

PR1 Men (500m) - Pooyin Comnuan (THA) / PR1 Women (500m) - Nedjoua Gharbi (ALG) / PR2 Men (500m) - No Entries / PR2 Women (500m) - Numtip Sinchai (THA)

PR3 Men (500m) - Milan Lackovič (SVK) / PR3 Women (500m) - No Entries / PR3-II Men (500m) - Matthew Houser (USA) / PR3-II Women (500m) - No Entries

Masters 30-39 Men (500m) - Philipp Habermann (GER) / Masters 30-39 Women (500m) - Vanessa Waite (GBR)

Masters 40-49 Men (500m) - Anton Grassl (SVK) / Masters 40-49 Women (500m) - Arabella Carbutt (GBR)

Masters 50-54 Men (500m) - Mark Roberson (GBR) / Masters 50-54 Women (500m) - Rhesa Ashbacher (USA)

Masters 55-59 Men (500m) - Ole Kristian Karlsen (NOR) / Masters 55-59 Women (500m) - Joanne Blundell (GBR)

Masters 60+ Men (500m) - Massimo Galletti (ITA) / Masters 60+ Women (500m) - Sharon Anne Jones (AUS)

Masters 30-39 Lightweight Men (500m) - Joonas Makipelto (FIN) / Masters 30-39 Lightweight Women (500m) - Sarita Kristina Hansen (DEN)

Masters 40-49 Lightweight Men (500m) - Justin Nickel (USA) / Masters 40-49 Lightweight Women (500m) - Anna Hughes-Davies (GBR)

Masters 50-54 Lightweight Men (500m) - German Rendo Ximeno (ESP) / Masters 50-54 Lightweight Women (500m) - Paola Mancini (ITA)

Masters 55-59 Lightweight Men (500m) - Steve Tague (USA) / Masters 55-59 Lightweight Women (500m) - Caroline Gray (GBR)

Masters 60+ Lightweight Men (500m) - Martin Luirink (NED) / Masters 60+ Lightweight Women (500m) - Shelley Cornish (AUS)

Men Team (3 minutes) - Finland1 / Women Team (3 minutes) - Egyptian National Team / Men (1 hour) - Benjamin Reuter (GER) / Women (1 hour) - Margit Haahr Hansen (DEN)

Mixed Team (3 minutes) - Finland1


2021 World Rowing U23 Championships - Racice, Czech Republic - 7th to 11th July


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