2019 FISA World Rowing Championships: Everything you need to know

The 2019 World Rowing Championships take place in Linz, Austria, from 25 August–1 September. Here's a guide to the event, including live stream, schedule, ticket information, and athletes to watch.

As many as 59 Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games places are up for grabs at the 2019 FISA World Rowing Championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria, from 25 August–1 September.

The Championships, which are comprised of 14 Olympic, six non-Olympic, and nine para-rowing boat classes,, will involve nearly 1,200 athletes from 80 countries, ranging from the United States competing in all 29 events to the likes of Benin, Iran, Qatar, and Trinidad and Tobago which have all entered just one class.

Some big names to watch include the return of New Zealanders Emma Twigg and Hamish Bond, while veterans like Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus and Norway's Olaf Tufte – both now into their mid-40s – will aim for yet another Olympic appearance.

Also of note is the women's four, which will be contested as an Olympic qualifier for the first time ahead of the race's Olympic debut in France at the expense of the men's lightweight coxless four.

You can catch all the action from Linz-Ottensheim with the Olympic Channel's World Rowing Championships live stream (territorial restrictions may apply).

More history in the eights?

The blue riband events at any rowing regatta are undoubtedly the men's and women's eight.

Commonwealth Games cycling bronze medallist Bond returns to the water in the Kiwi eight, joining former single sculler Mahe Drysdale. They are likely to be in the mix for a medal, although defending world champions Germany – who won the men's eight on this course at last year's World Rowing Cup II – and the Jürgen Gröbler-coached Great Britain are favourites for the title.

Last year's silver medallists, Australia, are once more coxed by Kendall Brodie, the first female coxswain to win a men's world championships medal.

The United States and Canada crews are defending gold and silver medallists from last year in the women's eight, with 2017 world champions Romania and bronze medallists New Zealand the other teams figuring for a medal. The 2018 bronze medallists, Australia, are again coxed by James Rook, the second male cox to win a women's world championships medal (after Sam Bosworth achieved the feat in 2017 with New Zealand). The Kiwis will be coxed this year by Caleb Shepherd, who coxed the men's eight to a sixth-place finish at Rio 2016.

Watch our video from the 2017 World Championships below to find out more about the role of a coxswain.

Others to watch

The largest event at these Championships will be the men's single sculls, with 44 boats entered. Norway's Kjetil Borch is the reigning world champion in the event, while eyes will also be on Germany's Oliver Zeidler, New Zealand's Robbie Manson, and Cuba's Angel Fournier Rodríguez, among others.

In the women's single sculls, the last two world champions Sanita Puspure of Ireland and Jeannine Gmelin of Switzerland are joined by home favourite Magdalena Lobnig and the returning Twigg – who took part in an epic bike ride to mark her return to rowing after time away – among the 39 athletes in the event. Also in the event is the Belarusian Karsten, who is aiming to qualify for her eighth Olympic Games.

Croatia's Sinkovic brothers, Martin and Valent, are favourites to retain their men's pair title. Another pair of siblings, Ireland's O'Donovan brothers, are not racing together in Linz-Ottensheim. Paul remains part of the Irish lightweight double sculls crew, alongside Fintan McCarthy, as he defends his world title. But older brother Gary has switched to the non-Olympic lightweight single sculls.

With the women's four World Championship race being an Olympic qualifier for the first time, eight teams can make history by booking their maiden Olympic spots in the event. Caryn Davies, two-time Olympic champion in the women's eight at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 for Team USA, is in the number three seat for her team as she attempts to qualify for a fourth Olympics, having missed Rio 2016.

The nine adaptive rowing events will also see the largest number of adaptive rowers ever taking part at a World Championships. One of the biggest names taking part is PR1 women's single sculler Birgit Skarstein, who has been to both the Paralympic Games in para-rowing and Winter Paralympics in para-Nordic skiing.

However, tragedy struck the event on 21 August when Belarusian para-rower Dzmitry Ryshkevich, a PR1 men's single sculler, capsized while training and died. His body was found three hours after the incident.

Repêchages and minor finals

After the heats, boats will go through rowing's repêchage (or 'second chance') system, which will allow the top-finishing boats that have not qualified directly to the semi-finals a second chance at reaching the semis.

As is also traditional at all major rowing regattas, placement semi-finals and finals will be contested.

That means every single boat entered in the heats will have a final to compete in, down to Final H in the men's single sculls.

There are four events in which there are insufficient entries to hold multiple heats and finals.

Athletes will compete in a seeding repêchage race before a straight final in the lightweight women's pair, lightweight women's quadruple sculls, PR2 women's single sculls, and PR3 women's pair.

Tokyo 2020 qualifying

The 2019 World Rowing Championships are the single biggest qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with 59 Olympic and 30 Paralympic spots on offer.

Boats will qualify quota spots for their country, not attached to individual athletes – individual National Olympic Committees and National Paralympic Committees can nominate different athletes for Tokyo to the athletes who gain the Olympic quota spots in Linz-Ottensheim.

Qualification spots will be awarded, with a maximum of one boat per NOC/NPC in each class, as follows:

Men's Olympic classes

Single sculls 9, Pair 11, Double sculls 11, Coxless four 8, Quadruple sculls 8, Coxed eight 5, Lightweight double sculls 7

Women's Olympic classes

Single sculls 9, Pair 11, Double sculls 11, Coxless four 8, Quadruple sculls 8, Coxed eight 5, Lightweight double sculls 7

Paralympic classes

PR1 Men's single sculls 7, PR1 Women's single sculls 7, PR2 Mixed double sculls 8, PR3 Mixed coxed four 8

PR1, PR2, and PR3 are disability classification categories, corresponding to the old para-rowing classifications of Arms and Shoulders (PR1), Trunk and Arms (PR2), and Legs, Trunk and Arms (PR3).

Non-Olympic and non-Paralympic events will also be contested in Linz-Ottensheim.

Those classes are the men's and women's lightweight single sculls, men's and women's lightweight pair, men's and women's lightweight quadruple sculls, PR2 men's and women's single sculls, PR3 men's and women's pair, and PR3 mixed double sculls.

World Rowing Championships ticket information and more

The Linz-Ottensheim regatta course is no stranger to major international events.

Built in 1972 on an arm of the Danube River, the Austrian municipalities hosted the 1990 and 2001 Nations Cups, the 1998 and 2008 World Rowing Junior Championships, World Rowing Cup regattas in 2007 and 2018, the 2008 World Rowing non-Olympic Championships, and 2013 World Rowing Under-23 Championships.

Organisers of this year's Championships have put sustainability at the forefront, claiming the regatta will be held as a "Green Event" with measures put in place to minimise any environmental footprint. Additionally, spectators and attendees will not be able to use cash at the event, with a cashless card system in use.

Tickets for the World Championships are available online, from the Organising Committee office, or from local ticket outlets.

Children under 10 receive free entry with every fully-paying adult.

Single-day tickets are available for 15 euros (approximately U.S. $17) from 25–28 August and for 20 or 30 euros (U.S. $22 or $33) on finals days.

Combo tickets are also on sale, ranging from 35 euros (U.S. $39) for a four-day pass from 25–28 August to 65 or 75 euros (U.S. $72 or $83) for a four-day pass for the finals. A full eight-day pass to all the races costs 100 euros (approximately U.S. $111).

Provisional schedule for Linz-Ottensheim 2019

Schedule is correct as of 14 August and subject to change. All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2 hours).

Sat 24 August

19:30 Opening Ceremony

Sun 25 August–Wed 28 August

Heats, repêchage races, minor quarter-finals and minor semi-finals (full schedule available from World Rowing here)

Thu 29 August

From 09:30 Semi-finals (C/D) PR1 M1x, W2-, M2-, Semi-finals (A/B) W2-, M2-, LM2x, PR3 Mix 4+, LW2x, M4-, W4-, M4x, LM1x, LW1x, Repêchages W4x, W8+, M8+

From 15:00 Semi-finals (G/H) M1x, Semi-finals (E/F) M2x, M1x, Semi-finals (C/D) W2x, M2x, M1x, W1x, LM2x, LW2x, LM1x, Minor finals W1x G, LM1x F, LM2x F, W1x F, LM1x E, LM2x E, LW2x E, W2- E, M2- E, W1x E

Fri 30 August

From 09:15 Minor finals W2- D, M2- D, LW2x D, LM2x D, M4- D, M4x D, LW1x D, LM1x D, LW1x C, LM1x C, Finals (B) LM2-, PR2 M1x, PR3 M2-, LM1x, LW1x, LM4x

From 10:45 Semi-finals (A/B) PR1 W1x, PR1 M1x, M2x, W2x, M1x, W1x

13:05 PR2 Women's single sculls Final A

13:20 PR2 Men's single sculls Final A

13:38 Lightweight Women's single sculls Final A

13:55 Lightweight Men's single sculls Final A

14:11 PR3 Women's pair Final A

14:29 PR3 Men's pair Final A

14:47 Lightweight Women's pair Final A

15:03 Lightweight Men's pair Final A

15:19 PR3 Mixed double sculls Final A

15:36 Lightweight Men's quadruple sculls Final A

15:52 Lightweight Women's quadruple sculls Final A

Sat 31 August

From 09:15 Minor finals PR1 M1x E D, M1x H G F E, M2x D, W2x D, W2- C, M2- C, LM2x C, LW2x C, PR3 Mix 4+ C, M4- C, W4- C, M4x C, Finals (B) PR2 Mix 2x, *W2-, *M2-, *LM2x, *LW2x, PR3 Mix 4+, *M4-, *W4-, *W4x, *M4x

13:05 PR2 Mixed double sculls Final A

13:21 *Women's pair Final A

13:37 *Men's pair Final A

13:54 *Lightweight Men's double sculls Final A

14:09 *Lightweight Women's double sculls Final A

14:25 PR3 Mixed Coxed Four Final A

14:42 *Men's four Final A

14:58 *Women's four Final A

15:14 *Women's quadruple sculls Final A

15:30 *Men's quadruple sculls Final A

Sun 1 September

From 10:15 Minor finals M2x F E, W1x D, M1x D, Finals (C) PR1 W1x, PR1 M1x, M2x, W2x, W1x, M1x, Finals (B) PR1 W1x, PR1 M1x, *M2x, *W2x, W8+, *W1x, *M1x, M8+

13:05 PR1 Women's single sculls Final A

13:21 PR1 Men's single sculls Final A

13:40 *Women's double sculls Final A

13:56 *Men's double sculls Final A

14:12 *Men's eight Final A

14:27 *Women's single sculls Final A

14:46 *Men's single sculls Final A

15:02 *Women's eight Final A

Followed by Closing Ceremony

*Olympic qualification race

Remember you can watch the Olympic Channel's World Rowing Championships live stream (territorial restrictions may apply) to keep up-to-date with all the action in Linz-Ottensheim.

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