Rio 2016 Preview: Rowing

Sport: Rowing

Events: Four (One men’s, one women’s, two mixed)

Classification: LTA – Legs Trunk and Arms, TA – Trunk and Arms, AS (arms and Shoulders) – Based on what is impaired

Venue:  Lagoa Stadium

Athlete Quota: 96 (48 male, 48 female)

International Federation: International Rowing Federation (FISA)

Preview

Israeli Moran Samuel is coming in to Rio feeling confident after demolishing her opponents in the 2015 World Championship. But she did not win the gold in London, taking silver, and her strongest competition looks to be coming from British rower Rachel Morris who will seek to win the women’s AS Singles.

The men’s AS Singles is wide open, with three probable medalists, Australian Erik Horrie is the current world champion, and claimed silver in London. British rower Tom Aggar is hoping for another gold, after missing the podium in his home games, but still has four world titles, a final contender is Ukrainian Igor Bondar who is raising in form.

One boat dominates the LTA Mixed 4s, Great Britain, but like the Olympic Games, the United States has a focus on the big boats. It will be a two horse race between these two boats, who both finished well ahead of the rest of the field in the world championships.

Australian LTA Mixed 2s pair, Gavin Bells and Kathryn Ross, are favorites for that race after improving greatly through the past four years, having won three world championships since. Their biggest competition comes from London silver medalists Stephane Tardieu and Perle Bouge of France, who have been getting closer to that Australian boat.

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