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2019 World Rowing Championships

Welcome to our 2019 World Rowing Championships betting guide, the ultimate source for the most important rowing regatta of the year.

We explain how to bet on the World Rowing Championships being held in in Ottensheim, Austria, share expert rowing tips, show you where you can get free bets on this prestigious competition, and lots more.

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World Rowing Championships Schedule

The 2019 World Rowing Championships will begin on August 25 and continue through September 1. The first four days of the competition feature preliminary qualifying heats and repechage races. Starting on August 29, finals will be held, beginning with some of the lower flight finals on Thursday.

Friday will see the first of the A Finals, featuring the lightweight races in single sculls, coxless pairs, and quad sculls. Saturday’s schedule includes finals for men’s and women’s coxless pairs, coxless fours, and quad sculls. Finally, Sunday’s finals include the men’s and women’s single sculls, double sculls, and eights.

There are several different types of races contested at the World Rowing Championships. Sculling races are those in which rowers use two oars, while all other events – in which each athlete handles only a single oar – are known as “sweeps.” There are also special lightweight categories in which each team member – and the team as a whole – must be below a standard weight total. Men and women now compete in the same number and types of events.

Sculling races are divided into three categories: singles, doubles, and quads. Sweeps feature twice as many rowers; meaning they race in pairs, fours, and eights.

At the rowing world championships, only the eights use a coxswain, while the pairs and fours sweeps competitions are known as “coxless” events. Note that there is no lightweight competition for the fours or eights events.

World Rowing Championships 2019 Venue

The 2019 World Rowing Championships will be held in Ottensheim, Austria. This will be the fourth time the country has played host to the event, the last time being in 2008, when Ottensheim was also the venue.

Many different nations have hosted the rowing world championships over the years. Recent hosts include Sarasota, USA, which held the event in 2017, and Plovdiv, Bulgaria, which hosted the 2018 World Rowing Championships. Future hosts include Bled, Slovenia (2020), Shanghai, China (2021), and Racice, Czech Republic (2022).

German men's eight rowing team

World Rowing Championships Results and History

The World Rowing Championships were first held in 1962 in Lucerne, Switzerland. In the early years, the world’s premier rowing competition was held only every four years, and only featured men’s openweight events. However, 1974 saw the event become an annual tradition, one that would also include women’s rowing and lightweight categories.

Over time, the event became broader in scope. 1985 saw women’s lightweight events added to the schedule, while in 2002, para-rowing events were first introduced to make the world championships accessible to as many athletes as possible.

Historically, Germany has been the most successful nation in the history of the World Rowing Championships, especially if you consider the number of medals won by the East German and (to a lesser extent) West German programs when the nation was split during the Cold War.

Italy and Great Britain have also been quite successful, with the United States, Australia, and New Zealand frequently appearing on the podium as well.

World Rowing Championships All-Time Medal Table

NationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
East Germany944525164
Italy826453199
Germany807269221
Great Britain687255195
United States647185220
Australia474237126
New Zealand462926101

Recent medal tables typically feature these same nations, though in any given year, other countries can also find themselves on the leaderboard at the end of the championships. Italy has had the most recent success, leading the medal table in both 2017 and 2018.

World Rowing Championships Medal Table

The Rowing World Championship has historically been quite competitive, with 50 nations having won medals over the history of the event. Here’s a look at the nations with the most success in the event over the past five years:

2018 World Rowing Championships (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

NationGoldSilverBronzeTotal Medals
Italy3418
United States33410
Germany3115
France3036
Australia2417

2016 World Rowing Championships (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

NationGoldSilverBronzeTotal Medals
Great Britain3014
France2103
Germany1113
Ireland1001
New Zealand1001

2015 World Rowing Championships (Aiguebelette, France)

NationGoldSilverBronzeTotal Medals
Great Britain59115
New Zealand5319
Germany3429
Australia3205
United States3137

2014 World Rowing Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

NationGoldSilverBronzeTotal Medals
New Zealand6219
Great Britain44210
Australia2338
Germany2338
Ukraine2002
Women's coxless four race

Odds and Tips

Betting on the World Rowing Championships largely comes down to looking at the recent form of the teams and athletes competing.

While looking at last year’s rowing world championships can be helpful, other events like the World Rowing Cup stages and the European Rowing Championships can give you more up-to-date information on the teams to beat at this year’s event.

For instance, if you were interested in betting on the Men’s Eights, the results of recent major events suggest that Germany is the likely favorite.

The Germans won the event at both the 2019 European Rowing Championships, as well as at the June World Rowing Cup event in Poland. Also notable is the fact that Great Britain finished in second both times, each time losing by less than a second.

One thing you’ll notice is that Rowing World Championships odds aren’t offered far in advance at most bookmakers. You will start to see some betting sites posting odds in the two-week period before the regatta begins, which still gives you plenty of time to get your bets in before the races begin.

How to Bet on Rowing

Betting on rowing is largely similar to wagering on other sports. The most common bet is an outright bet on who will win a specific event, which at the World Rowing Championships means taking home the gold medal.

On rare occasions, you may see head-to-head betting, in which you are tasked with picking which of two boats will finish higher in a race. Some betting sites may also offer betting on the margin of victory or winning times of particular races. Live betting is not typically available during races, though since there are many heats before the finals, you may see the odds in each event shift throughout the week based on early results.

Payouts are fairly straightforward in rowing betting. For instance, you might bet $100 on the USA men’s eights to win the gold medal at odds of +400 (or 4/1). If they win the gold, you’ll take home $500: $400 in winnings, plus your original $100 stake.

You may wish to review the rules at your chosen betting site to understand their settlement policies.

For instance, the officially announced results at the end of the event are used to resolve bets, meaning that a disqualification or appeal that isn’t dealt with until after the medals are awarded won’t change how your bet is treated. Bets are usually considered valid on a boat even if it doesn’t start a race, though all bets are voided if a race doesn’t run to completion.

German rowing team during race

World Rowing Championships Free Bets and Betting Offers

Online betting sites offer a variety of free bet offers for new customers.

For instance, you may be able to place a bet knowing that even if you lose, you will get credit to place another bet in the future. Other free bet offers include ones that feature dramatically boosted odds if you win.

Even if a bookmaker doesn’t have special offers for betting on rowing, they usually offer a matching bonus when you join that will give you free betting credits to use on their site.

World Rowing Championships 2019 Tickets

Tickets for the 2019 World Rowing Championships are available online, or through local ticket outlets. A list can be found on the official event website. Single day tickets start at €15 for the earlier heat days, with day passes for the finals ranging from €20 to €30.

Those who want to stay in Austria for multiple days or the entire event can take advantage of combination packages. For €35, you can have access for all four heat days, while €65-75 will get you a pass for all four days of finals.

A €100-week ticket is also available that will give you access to the entire World Rowing Championships. If you’re planning to bring children, be aware that those aged 10 or less can get in free with a full paying adult.

Rowing Glossary

Are you new to competitive rowing? Below is a list of some common rowing terms that you may want to brush up on before watching the World Rowing Championships.

  • Bow – The front of the boat. This can also refer to the person in the seat closest to the bow.
  • Coxswain – The on-the-watch coach for a crew, this team member also steers the boat.
  • FISA – The Federation Internationale des Societes d’Aviron, which serves as the international governing body for rowing.
  • Lightweight – A category in which rowers are required to be under a maximum weight. The average weight of all rowers must also stay below a stated average to qualify.
  • Oar – The device used to power the boat, which should not be called a paddle.
  • Port – The left side of the boat for someone facing forward.
  • Power 10 – A strategy used to get a short-term boost by calling for the rowers to do 10 of their most powerful strokes.
  • Repechage – A second-chance race for those who fail to qualify in the first round of preliminary races.
  • Sculls – A category of rowing in which each sculler uses two oars (or sculls).
  • Shell – Another word for boat.
  • Starboard – The right side of the boat for someone facing forward.
  • Stern -The rear of the boat.
  • Stroke -The rower who sits closest to the stern and sets the rhythm for the entire boat.
  • Sweep -The category of rowing in which each rower uses just one oar.

World Rowing Championships FAQs

Will the World Rowing Championships be shown on TV?

In the United States, the World Rowing Championships are currently televised by NBC, which covers the event on both the NBC Sports Network and the Olympic Channel. Streaming coverage is also available through the websites and apps for those networks.

Can I bet on the World Rowing Championships in-play?

Mid-race in-play rowing betting is not typically offered by sportsbooks. However, as preliminary heats and repechages are run, some betting sites will offer updated odds on which team will win each event.

What are the best bookmakers for betting on the World Rowing Championships?

Rowing isn’t offered at every betting site, meaning that the largest bookmakers are your best bet for wagering on the World Rowing Championships.

Can I get free bets for the World Rowing Championships?

Yes! By signing up for a new account at one of our recommended bookmakers, you will be able to take advantage of free betting offers, many of which can be used on the rowing world championship.