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Rowing at the Olympics

Rowing is one of the mainstay events at the Olympic Games. Rowing was on the program at the 1896 Summer Olympics but was canceled due to poor weather. It has been on the Olympic program since 1900. Women's events were introduced at the 1976 Games in Montreal. All races are over a 2000 m (1.24 miles) course.

olympic rowingwinning team of the 1912 rowing inriggers fours
from: The Oficial Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912

Paris 2024 Events

Currently at the Olympics there are 14 rowing events, the same seven events for men and women. All races are raced over a 2000m course.

Changes for 2028?

There has been a push from the IOC to remove some weight-classified events. Therefore, the lightweight double sculls may not remain on the program for much longer. The event slated to replace it is the more spectacular coastal rowing.

Previous Events

Here are events that have been part of previous Olympic Games:


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