In preparation of poor weather, the 2021 World Rowing Final Olympic Qualification Regatta concluded a day early. The event was the final opportunity for nations to qualify in rowing at the Olympics. The top two boats in each of the events qualified a spot at the games, with the exception of the women’s lightweight double sculls where due to a reallocation, three spots were available. The Final Olympic Qualification Regatta was held in Lucerne, Switzerland from May 15th to May 16th 2021.
In total, 18 nations qualified at least one of the 29 available quotas. Russia was by far the most successful nation as they qualified five boats (men’s single sculls, women’s coxless pair, men’s double sculls, women’s double sculls and men’s quadruple sculls). Also having a successful regatta was Canada who qualified three boats (men’s single sculls, men’s lightweight double sculls and men’s coxless four).
Romania qualified the most athletes thanks to its qualification in the men’s and women’s coxed eight. The other coxed eight boats were won by New Zealand in the men and China in the women. China also qualified a boat in the women’s coxless four. Other nations to qualify two boats include the Czech Republic (men’s double sculls and men’s lightweight double sculls), Denmark (men’s coxless pair and women’s coxless pair) and Ireland (women’s lightweight double sculls and women’s coxless four).
The remaining qualifying nations were Australia (women’s quadruple sculls), Belarus (women’s single sculls), Estonia (men’s quadruple sculls), France (women’s quadruple sculls), Germany (women’s double sculls), Greece (women’s single sculls), the Netherlands (men’s coxless pair), South Africa (men’s coxless four), Switzerland (women’s lightweight double sculls) and the United States (women’s lightweight double sculls).
This concludes the qualification of rowing to the Olympics. All that remains is for nations to confirm their quotas and for the tripartite commission to hand out the remain single sculls quotas. The largest team by athletes will be Great Britain (41 athletes) and Australia (40 athletes) while the largest team by boat will be the Netherlands (11 boats) and Canada and Great Britain (10 boats each).