Olympics Betting: Rowing
Tokyo 2020 | 23 July – 30 July | Multiple Rounds & Events
Olympics Rowing History
Rowing had a bad start in Olympics history. Introduced in the 1896 Games, it was cancelled as an event due to adverse weather conditions. Fortunately, it recovered its stroke in time for Paris in 1900, and has been a permanent Olympic fixture ever since. It wasn’t until Montreal 1976 that women’s rowing events were also introduced.
Rowing at Tokyo 2020
There will be seven men’s and seven women’s events in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic regatta.
- Single Sculls (1x) (Men/Women)
- Pair (2-) (Men/Women)
- Double Sculls (2x) (Men/Women)
- Four (4-) (Men/Women)
- Quadruple Sculls (4x) (Men/Women)
- Eight (8+) (Men/Women)
- Lightweight Double Sculls (2x) (Men/Women)
Rowing: How it Works
Rowing involves using oars to propel a boat along a 2,000m straight-line course. Unlike canoeing, where athletes face forward, rowers sit with their backs to the direction of movement, with their feet secured to the boat while their seat slides backwards and forwards along rails as they pull on the oars.
Sculling and sweep events are the main categories for rowing; Sculling involves a rower holding an oar in each hand, while in Sweep events a single oar is held with both hands.
Sculling events include the single, double and quadruple sculls, while sweep events include the pairs, fours and eights. Only the eights have a coxswain, who steers the boat, while the other two events are coxless.
There is one lightweight event for men and one for women. The lightweight category for men requires that crews have an average weight of 70kg or lighter and no rower may weigh over 72.5kg; for female crews, the maximum average weight is 57kg and no rower may weigh over 59kg.
Olympics Betting: Rowing
As most people probably know, rowing is considered a quintessentially British sport, and as such, Great Britain are one of the leading and most successful nations for Olympic rowing. Team GB have won the men’s coxless four event 5 times in a row since Sydney 2000, as well as winning a host of other medals at various Olympic rowing events over the years. Inevitably, a lot of Olympics betting on rowing will be for Great Britain teams and athletes.
New Zealand and Germany are also in the elite and are expected to be in medal contention at Tokyo 2020. Germany took gold in the men’s and women’s quadruple sculls at Rio 2016.
The Men’s Eights – the blue riband Rowing event – is always one of the toughest to call, with USA, Germany, Canada, and Great Britain all taking one gold over the last four Olympic Games.
Other emerging nations that may be worth a good value outside bet include South Africa and China, both of whom have shown increasingly strong form in recent years.
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