Although historical records show that its origins date back to centuries, boat racing has been a sport for the past 200 years.
The interest increased after the universities of Oxford and Cambridge competed in the River Thames in 1829, which is the confrontation that continues to this day with the annual sailing competition.
And with the Olympics, the competition is even more intense because there is a medal measure with the participation of dozens of countries.
The boat race at Eton Dorney is 2,200 meters long and the 200 meter long race is divided into six lanes. Boat racing is present at every Olympics and was first launched at the Olympics in Paris in 1900. From July 28 to August 4, 550 athletes (353 men and 197 women) will compete at Eton Dorney.
About 8 seater racing boat
The master is the person responsible for steering the boat, giving orders and adjusting the other eight members on board. The middle positions (seats 4, 5, 6) are for the strongest athletes on the 8-person racing boat. They are the main resource.
Seat number 8 is the holding position, this athlete will decide the rowing pace of the team. There are a total of 14 medal events, of which 8 are for men and 6 for women. Rowing requires rigorous training and athletes must exercise during extreme weather.
Rowers use almost full-body muscles when sailing, especially leg, back and arm muscles with a complex combination of limbs and perform very well. Therefore, boat racing is one of the most physically demanding subjects in the Olympics. Rowing is competed in groups and is a group development skill for group communication.
You do not need to be an Olympic standard athlete to enjoy the sport in the UK because there are clubs that facilitate participation in social events outside of the regular competition.
There are 55,000 people from 520 clubs in the UK at least once a week and in the UK there are about 300 events across the UK and membership costs £ 35-450 per year.