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Rowing is the propelling of a boat using a fixed oar as a lever. In modern sports, rowers race against each other either as individuals or in crews of two, four or eight.

The boat race

Rowing was first used as a means of transport in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. As a sport, it probably began in England in the 17th and early 18th centuries, with the Oxford-Cambridge university boat race, which was inaugurated in 1828. By the 19th century, rowing was popular in Europe and had been exported to America.

Sculling vs sweep

The races are divided into sculling and sweep oar. Sculling events use two oars, whilst in sweep the rower holds one. The eight-person crews have a coxswain, who steers the boat and directs the crew, but in all other boats one rower steers by controlling a small rudder with a foot pedal.

Athlete of the century

Sir Steve Redgrave of Great Britain is widely hailed as the greatest rower ever. A six-time World Champion, he won gold medals at five Olympic Games and has been loosely crowned Athlete of the Century because of the extreme physical demands of rowing. His female counterpart on the gold medal count is Elisabeta Lipa of Romania, who also won five Olympic gold medals between 1984 and 2004.

Olympic history

Rowing has been staged at all the editions of the Olympic Games, except in 1896 in Athens. It was, however, on the programme, but a stormy sea compelled the organisers to cancel the events.
Women made their debut at the Games in 1976 in Montreal. They competed in a smaller programme. The Olympic Games in 1996 in Atlanta marked the introduction of the lightweight events.
Up to the 1960s, the USA dominated Olympic rowing. Then it was the turn of the Soviet Union, which in turn gave up its place in the 1970s-80s to the all powerful GDR (East Germany). These days, the reunified German team is among the best in the world. 

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Men's And Women's Rowing Finals - Highlights | Day 4

Highlights from Day 4's Rowing at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Medals:Women's Single Sculls; Gold - Krystsina Staraselets (BLR) Silver - Athina Maria Angelopoulou (GRE) Bronze - Camille Juillet (FRA) Men's Single Sculls; Gold - Tim Ole Naske (GER) Silver - Boris Yotov (AZE) Bronze - Dan De Groot (CAN) Women's Pair; Gold - Cristina Goergiana Popescu/Densa Tilvescu (ROU) Silver - Luo Yadan/Pan Jie (CHN) Bronze - Larissa Werbicki/Caileigh Filmer (CAN) Men's Pair; Gold - Gheorghe Robert Dedu/Ciprian Tudosa (ROU) Silver - Miroslav Jech/Lukas Helesic (CZE) Bronze - Gokhan Guven/Eren Can Aslan (TUR)
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Medalists of Junior Men's pair final of Rowing

Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalists Gheorghe Robert Dedu and Ciprian Tudosa (C) of Romania, silver medalists Miroslav Jech and Lukas Helesic (L) of Czech Republic and bronze medalists Gokhan Guven and Eren Can Aslan of Turkey on the podium during the awarding ceremony of Junior Men's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014.
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Gheorghe Robert Dedu and Ciprian Tudosa of Romania in the Junior Men's pair final

Nanjing 2014 - Gheorghe Robert Dedu and Ciprian Tudosa (Top) of Romania celebrate winning the Junior Men's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014. Romania won the gold medal.
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Gheorghe Robert Dedu and Ciprian Tudosa of Romania of Junior Men's pair final of Rowing

Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalists Gheorghe Robert Dedu (L) and Ciprian Tudosa of Romania on the podium during the awarding ceremony of Junior Men's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014.
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Medalists of Junior Women's Pair of Rowing

Gold medalists Cristina Georgiana Popescu and Denisa Tilvescu (C) of Romania, silver medalists Luo Yadan and Hanjie (R) of People's Republic of China, bronze medalists Larissa Werbicki and Caileigh Filmer (L) of Canada pose on the podium during the awarding ceremony of Junior Women's pair event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014.
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Cristina Georgiana Popescu and Denisa Tilvescu of Romania in the Junior Women's Pair Final

Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalists Cristina Georgiana Popescu and Denisa Tilvescu (C) of Romania celebrate after winning Junior Women's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014.
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