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Inaugural World Rowing Indoor Championships This Weekend

by Benedict Tufnell

Olympic rowers and indoor rowing specialists alike will descend on Alexandria, Virginia in the US this weekend for the first ever FISA World Rowing Indoor Championships.

Championship races will be contested over 2000m on Concept2 rowing machines, while other non-championship events will include 500m , 20 min, 30 min, half and full marathon races.

Entries come from 23 nations with a total of 2527 athletes set to take part. The biggest entry comes in the junior events.

Ones to watch at the two day event include Hungary’s M2+ Olympians and reigning world champions Adrian Juhasz and Béla Simon and  Anton Bondarenko of the Ukrainian’s M8+ who will all be competing in the open heavyweight men’s event.

The favourite to win the women’s heavyweight open is the Ukrainian powerhouse Olena Buryak. Buryak, who competed in the W4x for Ukraine in Rio, is the world’s fastest woman on the rowing machine currently holding the world record for 500, 1000 and 2000 metres. She has said that she aims to break her 2000m record of 6:25.0 this weekend at the championships.

Inventors of the Concept2 rowing machine Dick and Peter Dreissigacker will also be taking part, racing in their age categories in Alexandria.

New Zealand lightweight rower and Rio Olympian Alistair Bondwho will be competing in the men’s open lightweight category, has written about his preparations for the championships in his blog post here. 

See full entry list here

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