2 June 2021
By Göran R Buckhorn
Para-rowers from around the world have gathered in Gavirate, Italy, for the 2021 World Rowing Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta to try to claim their tickets to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer. This is their last chance to qualify for the games, so the racing will be intense as it is only the top-placed crew in each event getting to go to Tokyo. The regatta starts tomorrow, Thursday, at 10:00 CET.
There are 11 crews in PR1 men’s single sculls and five entries in PR1 women’s single sculls. (PR1 – limited trunk control; boat has fixed seat and rower is strapped at upper chest level to only allow shoulder and arm movements.)*
The PR2 mixed double sculls has nine entries. (PR2 – only use of trunk muscles; boat has fixed seats.)*
Eight crews will fight in the PR3 mixed coxed fours. (PR3 mixed coxed fours – use of at least one leg, trunk and arms; also for those with visual and intellectual impairments; rowed with standard boats and sliding seats.)*
See all the entries here.
Racing in the PR1 women’s single sculls is 21-year-old Ebba Einarsson of Sweden, who HTBS interviewed for the 2018 World Championships. Ebba missed to qualify at the European Qualification Regatta in April. The regatta in Gavirate is her last chance to get a ticket to Tokyo. However, Ebba has to watch out for Claudia Cicero dos Santos Sabino, 43, of Brazil, who placed sixth at the 2016 Paralympic Games.
*Descriptions of PR1, PR2 and PR3 from Wikipedia.org.