LONDON 2012: Olympic Games – Rowing

The Rowing competition at the London 2012 Games will feature extraordinary displays of power and passion on the world-class waters at Eton Dorney.

Thanks to the success of one of the greatest ever Olympians, Sir Steve Redgrave, and the world famous University Boat Race, rowing has a proud history within British sport.

The days when Redgrave and fellow knight Sir Matthew Pinsent ruled the waves may have passed but the sport in Great Britain has never been in better shape and the hosts will be looking for a record return of medals at Eton Dorney.

The flagship men’s four crew will be looking to land a fourth consecutive gold.

After three silvers, double sculler Katherine Grainger will surely win gold with Anna Watkins, and 40-year-old Greg Searle – an Olympic champion in 1992 – is aiming to roll back the years in the men’s eight.

New Zealand’s men’s pair Eric Murray and Hamish Bond are unbeaten internationally for three years.

Their team-mate Mahe Drysdale will be a main contender in the men’s single scull, while Drew Ginn, a member of Australia’s “Oarsome Foursome” gold medal-winning crew in 1996, is aiming for a fourth Olympic title.

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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.

Rowing has been staged at every Games since making its debut on the Olympic programme at Paris in 1900.

The youngest Olympic champion is thought to be an anonymous French boy who coxed for a Dutch pair at the inaugural competition.

The boy, aged no more than 12, took part in the Victory Ceremony but then disappeared.

Women’s Rowing events joined the Olympic programme at Montreal 1976.

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The format of the competition depends on how many boats are competing.

All events include a repechage – a series of further races to qualify boats for semi-finals or finals, and to rank all boats in order of performance.

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As one of the flagship sports of the Olympic Games, BBC One will comprehensive coverage of all the rowing action on Eton Dorney during the first week.

Every session will be screened live and uninterrupted on one of the 24 dedicated BBC Olympics channels.

CLICK HERE for more details via London2012.com

BBC TV
Presenter: John Inverdale
 
Commentators: Garry Herbert, Dan Topolski
 
Analyst: Sir Steve Redgrave
 
BBC Radio
Commentators: Alan Green, James Cracknell, Martin Cross
 
Full list of BBC Olympics TV presenters/commentators – CLICK HERE

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09:30 – Women’s Pair – Heats
09:50 – Women’s Quadruple Sculls – Heats
10:10 – Men’s Eight – Heats
10:30 – Men’s Double Sculls – Heats
11:00 – Men’s Lightweight Four – Heats
11:30 – Men’s Quadruple Sculls – Heats
12:00 – Men’s Pair – Heats
12:30 – Men’s Single Sculls – Heats
13:30 – Women’s Single Sculls – Heats
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 9.25am-2.30pm
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09:30 – Men’s Double Sculls – Repechages
09:40 – Men’s Lightweight Four – Repechages
09:50 – Men’s Single Sculls – Repechages
10:20 – Women’s Single Sculls – Repechages
10:40 – Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Heats
11:10 – Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Heats
11:50 – Women’s Eight – Heats
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 9.25am-12.20pm
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09:30 – Women’s Pair – Repechages
09:40 – Women’s Quadruple Sculls – Repechages
09:50 – Men’s Eight – Repechages
10:00 – Men’s Quadruple Sculls – Repechages
10:10 – Men’s Pair – Repechages
10:20 – Women’s Double Sculls – Heats
10:40 – Men’s Four – Heats
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 9.25am-11.20am
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09:30 – Men’s Single Sculls – Quarter Finals
09:50 – Women’s Double Sculls – Repechages
10:00 – Men’s Four – Repechages
10:10 – Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Repechages
10:30 – Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Repechages
10:50 – Women’s Eight – Repechages
11:00 – Men’s Single Sculls – Semi Finals
11:40 – Women’s Single Sculls – Quarter Finals
12:20 – Men’s Double Sculls – Semi Finals
12:40 – Men’s Lightweight Four – Semi Finals 
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 9.25am-1.10pm 
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09:30 – Men’s Single Sculls – Semi Finals
09:50 – Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Semi Finals
10:10 – Women’s Pair – FINAL
10:20 – Women’s Quadruple Sculls – FINAL
10:30 – Men’s Eight – FINAL
10:40 – Men’s Quadruple Sculls – Semi Finals
11:00 – Men’s Pair – Semi Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 9.25am-1.20pm
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09:30 – Women’s Single Sculls – Semi Finals
09:50 – Men’s Double Sculls – FINAL
10:00 – Men’s Lightweight Four – FINAL
10:10 – Men’s Four – Semi Finals
10:30 – Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Semi Finals
10:50 – Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Semi Finals
12:30 – Women’s Eight – FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 9.25am-1.20pm
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09:30 – Men’s Single Sculls – FINAL
10:10 – Men’s Quadruple Sculls – FINAL
10:20 – Men’s Pair – FINAL
10:30 – Men’s Double Sculls – FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 6 – 9.25am-1.20pm
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09:30 – Women’s Single Sculls – FINAL
09:40 – Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls – FINAL
10:00 – Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls – FINAL
10:30 – Men’s Four – FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 9.25am-1.20pm
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