3 September 2021
Tomorrow, 4 September, the 2021 European Rowing Under 23 Championships two-day regatta will start in the town of Kruszwica in Poland. This will be the fifth time athletes from European countries (plus Israel) will be racing to claim the European Under 23 champion titles in 22 boat classes for rowers ages 22 and younger. Entries from 32 nations have been received by the Polish organisers.
The largest entry list of the boat classes, 20 countries, is the men’s single sculls. Favourite for the title is Emil Neykov, of Bulgaria, who became the World Under 23 Champion in the class in Racice, Czech Republic, in July. In the large field is also Piotr Plominski, of Poland, who took the silver medal in the single sculls in Racice.
Most entries for the women are the single sculls, lightweight, with 11 countries and the double sculls with 10 crews. In the double, the Greek crew of Evangelia Anastasiadou and Evangelia Fragkou are the favourites. Anastasiadou won the silver medal in the lightweight single sculls at the World Under 23 Championships, while Fragkou took the bronze in the double sculls.
Germany, which always comes with a large team, will compete in 19 of the 22 boat classes. Next is Italy with 16 boats, followed by Romania’s 15 crews. At last year’s European Under 23 Championships, held in Duisburg, Germany – one of the few regattas that were not COVID cancelled – Italy topped the medal table with Romania in second place.
Tomorrow’s racing will be the preliminary heats, repechages and semifinals, with the finals on Sunday, 5 September.
Results will be available on the World Rowing website.
Live video streaming will also be available on the World Rowing website. Video streaming will start 5 minutes before every race – first race on Saturday starts at 9:00 a.m. (local time) – and will cover all races on Saturday, 4 September, and Sunday, 5 September.