World Rowing Championships


World Rowing Championships

The World Rowing Championships is an international rowing regatta organized by FISA (the International Rowing Federation). It is a week long event held at the end of the northern hemisphere summer and in non-Olympic years is the highlight of the international rowing calendar.

The first event was held in Lucerne, Switzerland in 1962. The event then was held every 4 years until 1974 — when it became an annual competition. Also in 1974, Men's lightweight and Women's open weight events were added to the championships. In 1985, Women's lightweight events were added to the schedule.

Since 1996, during Olympic years, the Junior World Rowing Championships are held at the same time.

In 2002, adaptive rowing events were introduced for the following classes of disability: LTA (legs, trunk and arms), TA (trunk, arms), and A (arms-only).

Boats

Rowing takes place in 23 different boat classes, apart from during Olympic years when only non-Olympic boat classes race. National teams generally take less interest in the non-Olympic events, as the Olympic events are considered the "premier" events.

The table below shows the boat classes, "O" indicates the boat races at both the Olympics and World Championships. "WC" indicates this is only a World Championship event. After 2007, the coxed fours (4+) will no longer run as a world championship event.

External links

* [http://www.w-rowinggifu.jp/eng/ 2005 World Championships official website]
* [http://www.wrc2006.com/ 2006 World Championships official website]
* [http://www.munich2007.de/index.php?id=1&L=1&type=0 2007 World Championships official website]
* [http://www.rudern-ooe.at/worldrowing2008/index_en.html 2008 World Championships official website]


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