The rowing competitions at the 2012 Olympic Games in London were held from 28 July to 4 August 2012, at Dorney Lake which, for the purposes of the Games venue, was officially termed Eton Dorney. Fourteen medal events were contested by 550 athletes, 353 men and 197 women.[1]

Great Britain was the most successful nation, topping the medal table with four golds and nine in total. New Zealand finished second with three golds and five medals overall.


All of the rowing events were staged at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake near Windsor Castle, 25 miles (40 km) west of London.[2] The venue has eight lanes and is 2,200 m in length with a capacity of 30,000 spectators.[2][3]


Each competing nation may qualify one boat for each of the fourteen events. The majority of qualification places were awarded based on results at the 2011 World Championships, held at Lake Bled, Slovenia, in August and September. Places are awarded to National Olympic Committees, not the specific athletes, finishing in the top 11 of men's events and top seven to nine of women's events, except in the eights where the first seven in the men's event and first five in the women's qualified.[4] Further berths were allocated at three continental qualifying regattas in Africa, Asia and Latin America and a final Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.


There were eight events for men and six for women. Events included categories for open weight and restricted weight (lightweight) athletes, and two styles of rowing: sweep, where competitors each use a single oar, and sculling, where they use two.

Sculling events include men's and women's singles, doubles, lightweight doubles, and quads. Sweep events are men's and women's pairs and eights, and men's fours and lightweight fours.[5]


H Heats R Repechage ¼ Quarterfinals ½ Semifinals F Final
Event↓/Date → Sat 28 Sun 29 Mon 30 Tue 31 Wed 1 Thu 2 Fri 3 Sat 4
Men's Single Sculls H R ¼ ½ F
Men's Pair H R ½ F
Men's Double Sculls H R ½ F
Men's Lightweight Double Sculls H R ½ F
Men's Four H R ½ F
Men's Quadruple Sculls H R ½ F
Men's Lightweight Four H R ½ F
Men's Eight H R F
Women's Single Sculls H R ¼ ½ F
Women's Pair H R F
Women's Double Sculls H R F
Women's Lightweight Double Sculls H R ½ F
Women's Quadruple Sculls H R F
Women's Eight H R F

Lightweight double sculls gold medalists Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist Hansen.

Medal summary

Medal table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain 4 2 3 9
2  New Zealand 3 0 2 5
3  Germany 2 1 0 3
4  Denmark 1 1 1 3
5  Czech Republic 1 1 0 2
6  United States 1 0 2 3
7  South Africa 1 0 0 1
 Ukraine 1 0 0 1
9  Australia 0 3 2 5
10  Canada 0 2 0 2
11  China 0 1 0 1
 Croatia 0 1 0 1
 France 0 1 0 1
 Italy 0 1 0 1
15  Greece 0 0 1 1
 Netherlands 0 0 1 1
 Poland 0 0 1 1
 Slovenia 0 0 1 1
Total 14 14 14 42

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
Mahé Drysdale
 New Zealand
Ondřej Synek
 Czech Republic
Alan Campbell
 Great Britain
Double sculls
 Nathan Cohen
and Joseph Sullivan (NZL)
 Alessio Sartori
and Romano Battisti (ITA)
 Luka Špik
and Iztok Čop (SLO)
Quadruple sculls
 Germany (GER)
Karl Schulze
Philipp Wende
Lauritz Schoof
Tim Grohmann
 Croatia (CRO)
David Šain
Martin Sinković
Damir Martin
Valent Sinković
 Australia (AUS)
Chris Morgan
Karsten Forsterling
James McRae
Daniel Noonan
Coxless pair
 Eric Murray
and Hamish Bond (NZL)
 Germain Chardin
and Dorian Mortelette (FRA)
 George Nash
and William Satch (GBR)
Coxless four
 Great Britain (GBR)
Alex Gregory
Tom James
Pete Reed
Andrew Triggs Hodge
 Australia (AUS)
James Chapman
Josh Dunkley-Smith
Drew Ginn
Will Lockwood
 United States (USA)
Charlie Cole
Scott Gault
Glenn Ochal
Henrik Rummel
Coxed eight
 Germany (GER)
Filip Adamski
Andreas Kuffner
Eric Johannesen
Maximilian Reinelt
Richard Schmidt
Lukas Müller
Florian Mennigen
Kristof Wilke
Martin Sauer
 Canada (CAN)
Gabriel Bergen
Douglas Csima
Robert Gibson
Conlin McCabe
Malcolm Howard
Andrew Byrnes
Jeremiah Brown
Will Crothers
Brian Price
 Great Britain (GBR)
Alex Partridge
James Foad
Tom Ransley
Richard Egington
Mohamed Sbihi
Greg Searle
Matt Langridge
Constantine Louloudis
Phelan Hill
double sculls
 Mads Rasmussen
and Rasmus Quist Hansen (DEN)
 Zac Purchase
and Mark Hunter (GBR)
 Storm Uru
and Peter Taylor (NZL)
coxless four
 South Africa (RSA)
James Thompson
Matthew Brittain
John Smith
Sizwe Ndlovu
 Great Britain (GBR)
Peter Chambers
Rob Williams
Richard Chambers
Chris Bartley
 Denmark (DEN)
Kasper Winther Jørgensen
Morten Jørgensen
Jacob Barsøe
Eskild Ebbesen

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
Miroslava Knapkova
 Czech Republic
Fie Udby Erichsen
Kim Crow
Double sculls
 Anna Watkins
and Katherine Grainger (GBR)
 Kim Crow
and Brooke Pratley (AUS)
 Magdalena Fularczyk
and Julia Michalska (POL)
Quadruple sculls
 Ukraine (UKR)
Kateryna Tarasenko
Nataliya Dovhodko
Anastasiya Kozhenkova
Yana Dementyeva
 Germany (GER)
Annekatrin Thiele
Carina Bär
Julia Richter
Britta Oppelt
 United States (USA)
Natalie Dell
Kara Kohler
Megan Kalmoe
Adrienne Martelli
Coxless pair
 Helen Glover
and Heather Stanning (GBR)
 Kate Hornsey
and Sarah Tait (AUS)
 Juliette Haigh
and Rebecca Scown (NZL)
Coxed eight
 United States (USA)
Erin Cafaro
Susan Francia
Esther Lofgren
Taylor Ritzel
Meghan Musnicki
Elle Logan
Caroline Lind
Caryn Davies
Mary Whipple
 Canada (CAN)
Janine Hanson
Rachelle Viinberg
Krista Guloien
Lauren Wilkinson
Natalie Mastracci
Ashley Brzozowicz
Darcy Marquardt
Andréanne Morin
Lesley Thompson-Willie
 Netherlands (NED)
Jacobine Veenhoven
Nienke Kingma
Chantal Achterberg
Sytske de Groot
Roline Repelaer van Driel
Claudia Belderbos
Carline Bouw
Annemiek de Haan
Anne Schellekens
double sculls
 Katherine Copeland
and Sophie Hosking (GBR)
 Xu Dongxiang
and Huang Wenyi (CHN)
 Christina Giazitzidou
and Alexandra Tsiavou (GRE)


  1. ^ "Rowing". London 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Eton Dorney". London 2012 website. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "London 2012 Olympics venues: Eton Dorney". The Telegraph. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Qualification System Games of the XXX Olympiad Rowing" (PDF). International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 20 Aug 2011. 
  5. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: rowing guide". The Telegraph. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 

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