Tokyo Timetable

Vyacheslav Ivanov of the USSR, one of only two men who have won Gold in the single sculls in three successive Olympics. In his case, they were Melbourne 1956, Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964.

16 July 2021

By Tim Koch

With just one week to go before the start of the Olympic Rowing Regatta, Tim Koch puts his watch on JST – Japan Standard Time.

The timetable below is from olympics.com and gives times in JST. I have added British Summer Time – which is 8 hours behind JST. For other time zones, a simple converter is here.

Fri 23 July 8:30 – 12:10 JST / 0.30 – 4.10 BST

  • Men’s Single Sculls Heats
  • Women’s Single Sculls Heats
  • Men’s Double Sculls Heats
  • Women’s Double Sculls Heats
  • Men’s Quadruple Sculls Heats
  • Women’s Quadruple Sculls Heats
Athens, 1896, the first modern Olympic Games. The German double scull of Berthold Küttner and Adolf Jäger. It is commonly thought that no rowing took place because of bad weather but Greg Denieffe’s HTBS article from 2016 suggests that the German duo may have “rowed over”. Picture: Journal of Olympic History.

Sat 24 July 8:30 – 12:30 JST / 0.30 – 4.30 BST

  • Women’s Single Sculls Repechages
  • Men’s Single Sculls Repechages
  • Women’s Double Sculls Repechage
  • Men’s Double Sculls Repechage
  • Women’s Pair Heats
  • Men’s Pair Heats
  • Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls Heats
  • Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls Heats
  • Women’s Four Heats
  • Men’s Four Heats
Paris, 1900. Francois Brandt and Roelof Klein of the Netherlands, winners of the coxed pairs, pose with their coxswain. The cox’s name has been lost but he may be the youngest ever Olympic medalist. Greg Denieffe investigated in 2014.

Sun 25 July 9:00 – 11:40 JST /  01.00 – 03.40 BST

  • Men’s Single Sculls Semi Finals E/F
  • Women’s Single Sculls Semi Finals E/F
  • Men’s Pair Repechage
  • Women’s Pair Repechage
  • Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls Repechages
  • Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls Repechages
  • Men’s Quadruple Sculls Repechage
  • Women’s Quadruple Sculls Repechage
  • Men’s Eight Heats
  • Women’s Eight Heats
Stockholm, 1912. Denmark, winners of the inrigged coxed fours. This was the only time that this boat class was offered. Other lost Olympic boat classes are Men’s Coxed Pair (1900–1992), Men’s Coxed Four (1900–1992), Men’s Lightweight Fours (1996 – 2016), Women’s Coxed Four (1976–1988), Women’s Coxed Quad Sculls (1976–1984).

Mon 26 July 9:00 – 11:20 JST /  01.00 – 03.40 BST

  • Women’s Single Sculls Quarterfinals
  • Men’s Single Sculls Quarterfinals
  • Women’s Double Sculls Semi Finals
  • Men’s Double Sculls Semi Finals
  • Women’s Four Repechage
  • Men’s Four Repechage
Berlin, 1936. Britain’s Jack Beresford (bow) and Dick Southwood (stroke), winners of the double sculls. Beresford was the first rower to win a medal (three Golds and two Silvers) at five consecutive Olympic Games: 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936. The 1939 – 45 War prevented the opportunity for a probable sixth medal in 1940.

Tue 27 July 8:30 – 12:00 JST JST / 0.30 – 4.00 BST

  • Men’s Single Sculls Semi Finals C/D
  • Women’s Single Sculls Semi Finals C/D
  • Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls Final C
  • Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls Final C
  • Men’s Quadruple Sculls Final B
  • Women’s Quadruple Sculls Final B
  • Men’s Quadruple Sculls Final A
  • Women’s Quadruple Sculls Final A
  • Men’s Quadruple Sculls Victory Ceremony
  • Men’s Pair Semifinals A/B
  • Women’s Quadruple Sculls Victory Ceremony
  • Women’s Pair Semifinals A/B
  • Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls Semi Finals A/B
  • Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls Semi Finals A/B
Montreal, 1976. Christine Scheiblich of the GDR, winner of the women’s sculls. Montreal was the first Olympics to include women’s rowing, a change attributed to pressure from the Soviets and from FISA President, Thomi Keller.

Wed 28 July 8:30 – 11:40 JST / 0.30 – 3.40 BST

  • Women’s Double Sculls Final B
  • Men’s Double Sculls Final B
  • Women’s Four Final B
  • Men’s Four Final B
  • Women’s Double Sculls Final A
  • Men’s Double Sculls Final A
  • Women’s Double Sculls Victory Ceremony
  • Women’s Four Final A
  • Men’s Double Sculls Victory Ceremony
  • Men’s Four Finals A
  • Women’s Four Victory Ceremony
  • Women’s Eight Repechage
  • Men’s Four Victory Ceremony
  • Men’s Eight Repechage
  • Women’s Single Sculls Semi Finals A/B
  • Men’s Single Sculls Semi Finals A/B
Pertti Karppinen of Finland. With Ivanov, he was one of only two men who have won Gold in the single sculls in three successive Olympics; in Karppinen’s case 1976, 1980 and 1984.

Thu 29 July 8:30 – 11:50 JST / 0.30 – 3.50 BST

  • Men’s Single Sculls Final F
  • Women’s Single Sculls Final F
  • Men’s Single Sculls Final E
  • Women’s Single Sculls Final E
  • Men’s Pair Final A
  • Women’s Pair Final A
  • Men’s Pair Victory Ceremony
  • Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls Final A
  • Women’s Pair Victory Ceremony
  • Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls Final A
  • Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls Victory Ceremony
  • Men’s Pairs Final B
  • Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls Victory Ceremony
  • Women’s Pairs Final B
  • Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls Final B
  • Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls Final B
  • Women’s Single Sculls Final D
  • Men’s Single Sculls Final D
Britain’s Steve Redgrave was the first person to win five consecutive Olympic Golds in an endurance sport at five Olympic Games: 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000.

Fri 30 July 8:45 – 10:55 JST / 12.45 – 2.55 BST

  • Women’s Single Sculls Final C
  • Men’s Single Sculls Final C
  • Women’s Single Sculls Final B
  • Men’s Single Sculls Final B
  • Women’s Single Sculls Final A
  • Men’s Single Sculls Final A
  • Women’s Single Sculls Victory Ceremony
  • Women’s Eight Final A
  • Men’s Single Sculls Victory Ceremony
  • Men’s Eight Final A
  • Women’s Eight Victory Ceremony
  • Men’s Eight Victory Ceremony
Elisabeta Lipă of Romania won 5 Golds, 2 Silvers and a Bronze over six Olympiads: 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004.

The Wikipedia page Rowing at the Summer Olympics has some interesting facts and figures for HTBS Types. Amongst other things, it notes that five Olympic rowing Golds are held by Elisabeta Lipă (Romania), Steve Redgrave (GB) and Georgeta Damian (Romania); four rowing Golds have been won by Doina Ignat (Romania), Kathrin Boron (Germany), Viorica Susanu (Romania) and Matthew Pinsent (GB); there are eighteen others who have three rowing Golds. Will Helen Glover, half of the GB women’s pair, make it nineteen?

Part of the Wikipedia table showing the most successful rowing nation and the number of Golds that they won for the seven games held since the end of Eastern Bloc dominance. 

The achievements of Romania, a country of only 20 million, is particularly noteworthy as it remained a very successful rowing nation even when the old Soviet-style support for sport ended with the 1989 revolution (though population may have little relation to rowing success as evidenced by New Zealand and the Scandinavian countries, all producing world-beating rowers from national headcounts of 5 – 10 million).

Part of the Wikipedia table ranking the 42 nations that have won Olympic rowing medals. Assuming that East Germany will not be winning much this year, it is possible that GB could equal – or even surpass – the US leaders in Gold medals. 

The official website of the 2020 Games gives this brief if random summary of some things to expect in the rowing events at Tokyo:

New Zealand, Great Britain and Germany are the leading Olympic Rowing nations, while Australia and the United States have a strong pedigree.

At the Rio 2016 Games, Germany took gold in both the men’s and women’s quadruple sculls — the men’s for the second time in succession — as well as winning silver in the men’s eights.

Some countries have an affinity for particular events. Great Britain, for example, has won the men’s coxless four five times in a row since Sydney 2000, while Rio 2016 runner-up Australia won silver for the third time in succession.

In the blue riband men’s eights, the competition is always fierce with the USA, Canada, Germany and Great Britain each taking gold once in the last four Games, showing just how difficult it is to win even twice in a row.

In women’s rowing, Great Britain has been stronger than Germany, taking gold in the coxless pair at Rio 2016 and silver in both the eights and double sculls. In London 2012, Great Britain boasted three gold medallists.

Emerging nations include South Africa and China, both of whom have shown increasingly strong form in recent years.

Matthew Pinsent, however, seems less upbeat about Tokyo 2020 in general. Soon though, we will all be able to make up our own minds. 

One comment

  1. Thanks for the Timetable, most helpful.
    I think Ivanov won all of his medals in a ‘Sims of Eel Pie Island’ wooden sculling boat.

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