Held over eight days, the competition will feature 14 medal events across men’s and women’s events, ranging from Single Sculls, featuring solo rowers, to the Eight, featuring teams of eight rowers plus a cox.
Each event will begin with heats, from which the best boats will qualify for the next round. Boats that do not qualify automatically from the heats get a second chance to qualify through the repechage round. The best boats eventually progress through the various stages and into the finals of each event, which decide the medallists.
All entries for Rowing will be confirmed following the sport entries deadline on 9 July 2012.
Although its history dates back centuries, Rowing only came of age as a competitive sport in the last 200 years. Interest began to increase after Oxford and Cambridge Universities began their rivalry on the Thames in 1829, a rivalry that continues today in the shape of the annual Boat Race.
Today’s sport is renowned for its competitors’ legendary displays of strength and stamina, as athletes push themselves through the pain barrier in an attempt to win Olympic gold.
Well established as a championship course, Eton Dorney hosted the DISA World Rowing Junior Championship in August 2012.
The event acted as a test event for London 2012 allowing the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) to test its arrangements ahead of the Olympic Rowing competition.