Being An Equal Athlete

Para-rower Simone Baldini of Italy is competing in the single sculls at the 2017 World Championships. Photo:

29 September 2017

At the World Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, the para-rowers are racing the distance of 2,000 metres, this after previously having rowed half that distance in international events. In the following video, which was first shown on, FISA’s website yesterday, three para-rowers in the singles are interviewed giving their thoughts on having the para-rowing races integrated with the rest of the World Rowing Championships competitions. First one out in the video is Sandra Khumalo of South Africa, followed by Hallie Smith of USA. Both women have reached the A Final, which will be rowed on Sunday, 1 October. Simone Baldini of Italy, who also appears in the video, will be racing in lane 6 in the first heat of the men’s semifinal para-rowing single sculls in the morning (9:45 a.m. U.S. Eastern time) today.

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