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Ebbesen and Karsten top 2011 best list

Tue, 20 Sep 11 17:07

A new name is at the top of the top 10 best male rowers for 2011. Eskild Ebbesen of Denmark has pushed Olaf Tufte of Norway off his perch. The status quo, however, remains in the women’s top 10 list.

Knapkova holds her own at European Championships

Sun, 18 Sep 11 16:38

As the blue riband events of the 2011 European Rowing Championships thundered down the course in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic was really the one to watch. Fresh from her win at the 2011 World Rowing Championships, she looked no less than supreme.

Gold medal haul for Greece at the European Championships

Sun, 18 Sep 11 14:45

The first champions were crowned this morning on the beautifully flat waters of Plovdiv Rowing Course at the 2011 European Championships, in Bulgaria. Greece proved to be the country to beat, wining three golds in quick succession, with Italy hot on their tails.

Cooler weather accompanied an ever-so-slight head-cross wind...

Silver not an option for Romanian eight

Sat, 17 Sep 11 14:33

The Romanian women’s eight has won the European Rowing Championship title for the last four years. The coxswain of the 2011 crew, Teodora Gidoiu, has steered the boat to victory for the last three of those years and she wants to take her crew to their fifth gold medal...

Plovdiv semifinals set the stage for the big day

Sat, 17 Sep 11 13:52

The 2011 European Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, continued under sunny, clear skies with barely a breath of wind. Today’s racing of semifinals decided the remaining boats that would make it through to tomorrow’s finals. In the blue riband women’s single sculls, recently crowned World Champion Mirka Knapkova of...

Rowing in Bulgaria: 2012 and beyond

Sat, 17 Sep 11 10:34

In recent history, Bulgaria was famous for rowing, predominantly for medals in women events. The country can boast three women’s Olympic medals as well as many World Rowing Championship medals. World Rowing talked with the Bulgarian national federation to find out a little bit more about the team’s goals in the lead-up to...

The birth of Plovdiv Regatta Course

Fri, 16 Sep 11 16:01

“She's an amazing professional and a unique architect. If you need to build, adapt or prepare a rowing course to meet all high standards, call Svetla! It is sufficient to mention that she designed the Olympic rowing courses in Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beiijng, London and is consulted on all projects of Olympic bid...

The heat is on at the European Championships

Fri, 16 Sep 11 12:29

This is the sixth year of the reinstated European Rowing Championships and Plovdiv, Bulgaria is playing host. Today racing got under way on the Plovdiv international course which is best known for hosting the 1999 World Rowing Junior Championships when many junior World Best Times were set – some of them still remain unbeaten to this...

Who to Watch at the 2011 European Rowing Championships

Thu, 15 Sep 11 13:59

Memories of the World Rowing Championships may still be fresh, but racing has done a quick turn to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, for the 2011 European Rowing Championships. Plovdiv is welcoming international rowers back to their waters for the first time since the 1999 World Rowing Junior Championships. Read on to find out who to watch out for in the...




33 Countries qualified for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Sun, 4 Sep 11 17:01

In the primary qualification regatta for the London 2012 Olympic Games’ rowing regatta, the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia saw 33 countries qualify boats.

Persistence pays off for Knapkova

Sun, 4 Sep 11 13:12

In the final race, race number 294 of the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic showed that 10 years of perseverance had paid off. Knapkova won the women’s single sculls.

Looking out for future generations

Sun, 4 Sep 11 11:15

Jochem Verberne is the Manager for Network Development & Corporate Relations WWF International and is currently responsible for the WWF – World Rowing partnerships. He was in Bled this week to watch the 2011 World Rowing Championships.

Heat, heart and soul in B-finals

Sun, 4 Sep 11 11:02

Every four years, in the year before the Olympic Games, the b-finals at the World Rowing Championships become exceedingly crucial. The race becomes one for Olympic qualification spots. On the final day of racing at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, pure heart and soul was required to get as quickly as possible to the...

Women’s single final an open book

Sat, 3 Sep 11 18:42

Just when the rowing world thought every women’s single sculls final was going to look the same, the 2010 World Championships came and the status quo was truly shaken up. At last year’s championships the pocket dynamite, Frida Svensson of Sweden...

Queen of the single: Ekaterina Karsten

Sat, 3 Sep 11 16:39

Ekaterina Karsten, born Ekaterina Khodotovich, is a true rowing legend. In Belarus, her successes have made her a national hero. Her gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games was the first gold medal for the newly independent state and she also received the...

Drysdale matches five-time World Champ record

Sat, 3 Sep 11 15:41

Today, Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand became a five-time World Champion at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. Racing in the men’s single sculls, Drysdale match the great Peter-Michael Kolbe to become a five-time World Champion and in the process broke Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic’s winning streak.

Favourites advance in World Champ semifinals

Sat, 3 Sep 11 13:14

The 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia saw all of the expected boats going through from the semifinal races. In a day of slight cross-tail winds and sunny warm conditions, countries fought it out to be in the top three so that they could advance...

The fastest men in the world

Fri, 2 Sep 11 18:49

If you were to walk into a room that had the six fastest rowers in the world in it you would notice two things. One, they’re big guys. Two, they would all be chatting quite happily with each other.

Is this it? The men’s pair final

Fri, 2 Sep 11 17:56

Rowing rivalries don’t come much better than this. Much has been made of it, and for good reason. It is one that has spanned the last two years and the current score of wins against losses between the two is a weighty 9-0 from international events.

Brazil makes history and Slovenia shows its love

Fri, 2 Sep 11 16:21

Fabiana Beltrame became the first Brazilian ever to win a World Champion title and she did it today at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. Making the most of the warm temperatures and slightly bumpy conditions on Lake Bled, Beltrame dominated the lightweight women’s single sculls from start to finish.

Marcel Hacker's new-found energy

Fri, 2 Sep 11 15:28

Marcel Hacker has been around for a long time; he entered the international sculling scene in 1994 with a Junior World Champion title in the quadruple sculls. After a Junior title in the single in 1995 as well as a silver medal in the Under 23 single the following year, Hacker had his Senior debut winning two silver medals in 1997 and 1998...

Tufte and Hacker improve through semifinals

Fri, 2 Sep 11 13:30

The 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia continued with semifinals in the men’s quadruple sculls, men’s pair, women’s double sculls and men’s single sculls. Crews qualifying for the final would also secure spots in the 2012...

The women's eight ready to race

Thu, 1 Sep 11 19:41

At 13:24 (CET) on the town end of Lake Bled, 48 rowers and six coxswains will be sitting nervously in the starting blocks. They will be ready to race in the final of the women’s eight at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia.

Germany reigns supreme in men’s eight

Thu, 1 Sep 11 17:34

The German men’s eight proved that they had what it took to remain on top when they won their final at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. In choppy, tail-cross wind conditions Germany continued their winning streak, relegating the...

Denmark squeaks through to lightweight four final

Thu, 1 Sep 11 13:42

Nail-biting semifinals at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia continued to see boats earn qualifying spots for the 2012 Olympic Games. It also meant that the line up for the finals were decided. In the lightweight men’s four Olympic Champions, Denmark nearly missed out when a sprint to the line saw them almost...

Lysenko again on top of adaptive single

Thu, 1 Sep 11 12:49

The highlight of today’s adaptive racing was the final of the AS women’s single and ID mixed coxed at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. The single saw Ukraine’s Alla Lyshenko regain the World Champion title and in the...

Youth and experience pull together

Thu, 1 Sep 11 09:50

Alongside Olympic qualification highs and lows, the composition of key crews has been eye-catching at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. World Rowing spoke to these crews, who combine an explosive and hopefully fast combination of youth and experience on their way to World Championship glory.

Who can beat Germany?

Wed, 31 Aug 11 18:12

The Blue Riband men’s eight final is the highlight of Thursday’s racing at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. Getting underway at 13:09 (CET) the crews are; Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and...

Reigning champs France out of semifinal

Wed, 31 Aug 11 15:10

The waters of Lake Bled have been rather bumpy over the past couple of days but today the best rowers in the world enjoyed flat, calm conditions at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. In a morning of repechage racing, crews were racing for much more than semifinal spots, they were also racing to keep their Olympic...

One step closer to the London Olympics

Wed, 31 Aug 11 13:37

Two events today saw countries qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia – the women’s pair and the men’s eight.

Lake Bled; same waters, different era

Wed, 31 Aug 11 08:24

Through four World Rowing Championships spanning 45 years, the Lake Bled rowing course in Bled, Slovenia has remained remarkably unchanged.

How quads made a crowd gasp

Tue, 30 Aug 11 17:09

The quadruple sculls is the thinking person’s boat. Each of the four rowers have to coordinate two oars. They also have to slot in perfect synchronicity with their three team mates and the other six oars. Day 3 at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia featured the men’s and women’s quadruple sculls...

The agony of finishing third

Tue, 30 Aug 11 16:06

Today’s repechages at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia held particular significance for the countries competing. Finishing third meant the end of their Olympic qualification dreams from this regatta.

New adaptive Paralympic qualifiers follow repechages

Tue, 30 Aug 11 11:42

Rowing, like a small number of other sports, give athletes a second chance to advance to the next round of racing. This second chance, the repechage, was raced today in the adaptive rowing events at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia....

Greek lightweights speedy in World Champ heats

Mon, 29 Aug 11 13:22

The near perfect rowing conditions on Lake Bled saw Greece’s Christina Giazitzidou and Alexandra Tsiavou close in on the World Best Time when they raced in their heat of the lightweight women’s double sculls. Giazitzidou and Tsiavou were racing in day two of the...

Adaptive heats start Paralympic qualification

Mon, 29 Aug 11 11:38

Lake Bled turned on ideal conditions for the first day of adaptive rowing racing at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. Calm, flat waters greeted the adaptive rowers who were racing over 1000m on the 2000m regatta course. At the end of the...

Full circle for Slovenia’s legendary Cop

Mon, 29 Aug 11 09:01

The history of rowing around Bled, Slovenia goes back over 100 years and at the most recent end of its history a rower named Iztok Cop has made a huge name for himself. Cop is a household name in Slovenia. He is Slovenia’s most successful Olympic athlete ever and he will be competing on his home course, on Lake Bled in the men’s...

First day heats continue at 2011 World Champs

Sun, 28 Aug 11 17:41

Heats racing continued in the afternoon at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia and finishing times closed in on the World Best Times as tail wind conditions added to boat speeds. Most impressive was the men’s four where times were less...

Beware of the weather man in Bled

Sun, 28 Aug 11 17:08

Jurij Jerman is an important man at the World Rowing Championships in Bled. An interview with a local specialist on alpine sports meteorology, better known as the weather man.

World Champs reveal first Olympic qualifying crews

Sun, 28 Aug 11 15:13

The 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia opened today for day one of heats racing. By the end of the morning two boats had qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games. New Zealand and Germany had earned a spot in the women’s quadruple sculls. All...

On the eve of 2011 World Rowing Championships

Sat, 27 Aug 11 17:14

The curtain is about to rise on the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia as 68 countries prepare to race for World Champion titles and qualification spots in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Who to Watch at the 2011 World Championships

Wed, 24 Aug 11 23:39

Get insight into the 14 Olympic class events that will be racing at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. Included here are four Blue Riband events (men’s and women’s single scull and men’s and women’s eight), with an overview of the rowers to watch in these boat classes.

Preview of adaptive rowing at the 2011 World Rowing Championships

Tue, 23 Aug 11 17:13

The 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia is nearly upon us and as well as the Olympic and International events, five adaptive rowing events will be contested.

Olympic and Paralympic Qualification on the line: 2011 World Rowing Championships Entries Released

Wed, 17 Aug 11 16:33

The end of August shall be the pinnacle of the 2011 World Rowing season with the world's best getting together in Bled, Slovenia, for the 2011 World Rowing Championships. The event opens on 28 August and races take place over eight days.

22 years on Bled is ready

Fri, 12 Aug 11 12:38

Slovenia’s biggest sporting event for 2011 and rowing’s most important regatta of the year, the World Rowing Championships is just around the corner. Racing begins on 28 August and the best rowers from throughout the world are currently in the throes of their final preparation phase.