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Para rowing

Para rowing
le 27 October 2020

Rowing made its debut at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008 with 1,000 m events. From Tokyo 2020 onwards, events will be competed across 2,000 m – the same distance as for the Olympic equivalent.

There are five rowing events at the Paralympic Games, three of which are mixed (two PR2 and PR3 double sculls and one in PR3 coxed four). The boats are equipped with fixed seats for rowers without leg function.   

Brief overview of the rules 

TThe rules are almost identical to those of the Olympic rowing event. There are five events for individual rowers and teams of two or four. Rowers are eligible for different events according to their impairment category – PR1, PR2 or PR3 – and sex. 

  • PR1 single sculls (an individual boat for PR1 men’s single or PR1 women’s single): reserved for rowers without trunk or leg function using two oars. These athletes have strapping around their mid‑section to provide support and keep their balance. 
  • PR2 mixed double sculls (PR2 Mix2x): reserved for rowers with arm and trunk function. The team is made up of two rowers – a man and a woman – each of whom has two oars.
  • PR3 mixed coxed four (PR3 Mix4+): reserved for rowers with arm, trunk and leg function. The team is made up of four rowers – two women and two men – and a coxswain, each rower using one oar, right or left.
  • PR3 mixed double sculls (PR3 Mix2x): reserved for rowers with arm, trunk and leg function. The team is made up of two rowers – a man and a woman – each of whom has two oars.

Eligible impairments 

Orthopaedic impairments, paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia, cerebral palsy, neurological disabilities and vision impairments. 

Events in 2024

  • PR1 single sculls, M1X (men’s) and W1x (women’s)
  • PR2 Mix2x double sculls (mixed)
  • PR3 Mix2x double sculls (mixed)
  • Coxed four PR3 Mix4+

Venue in 2024

The para rowing will take place at the Vaires-sur-Marne nautical stadium, a brand-new complex that was inaugurated in 2019.

International federation  

World Rowing (FISA): www.worldrowing.com 

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