Olympic Games

Rowing is one of Britain’s most successful Olympic sports.

In the history of the Olympic Games, up to and including London 2012, the GB Rowing Team has won a total of 63 medals

Medals
28 medals
22  medals
13  medals
Medals:
28 medals
Medals:
22  medals
Medals:
13  medals
Rowing is the only GB sport to have won a gold at every Games since 1984.

British Firsts

  • 1st rowing medal in the sport’s debut at the 1900 Games.
  • 1st lightweight gold medal in Beijing 2008.
  • 1st women’s gold medal at London 2012.

Great Britain’s most decorated rowers

steve_redgrave.jpgSir Steve Redgrave – GB’s most decorated Olympic rower with five gold medals and a bronze medal from five successive Olympic Games.
KatherineGrainger.jpgKatherine Grainger – GB’s most decorated female rower with a gold and three silvers from four successive Games.
Sir Matthew Pinsent with his 4 Olympic Gold Medals. 1992.Barcelona, 1996. Atlanta. 2000.Sydney and 2004 AthensSir Matthew Pinsent, Redgrave’s crew-mate at the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Games, won four golds in four successive Games from 1992 to 2004.
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Sir Steve Redgrave – GB’s most decorated Olympic rower with five gold medals and a bronze medal from five successive Olympic Games.
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Katherine Grainger – GB’s most decorated female rower with a gold and three silvers from four successive Games.
Sir Matthew Pinsent with his 4 Olympic Gold Medals. 1992.Barcelona, 1996. Atlanta. 2000.Sydney and 2004 Athens
Sir Matthew Pinsent, Redgrave’s crew-mate at the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Games, won four golds in four successive Games from 1992 to 2004.

GB Rowing Team Medals at Olympic Games

Olympic regatta Total
2012 (London)  W2-
 W2x
M4-
LW2x
 LM2x
LM4-
 M1x
 M2-
M8+
Nine
2008 (Beijing)  M4-
LM2x
 M8+
W4x
 M2x
W2x)
Six
2004 (Athens)  M4-  W4x
W2-
 W2x Four
2000 (Sydney)  M4-
M8+
W4x Three
1996 (Atlanta)  M2- M4- Two
1992 (Barcelona)  M2-
M2+
Two
1988 (Seoul)  M2- M2+ Two
1984 (L.A.)  M4+ One
1980 (Moscow)  M8+  M2-
M4-
Three
1976 (Montreal)  M2x
M8+
Two
1972 (Munich) Zero
1968 (Mexico City) Zero
1964 (Tokyo)  M4- One
1960 (Rome) Zero
1956 (Melbourne) Zero
1952 (Helsinki) Zero
1948 (London)  M2-
M2x
 M8+ Three
1936 (Berlin)  M2x  M4- Two
1932 (L.A.)  M2-
M4-
Two
1928 (Amsterdam)  M4-  M2-
M8+
 M1x Four
1924 (Paris)  M1X
M4-
Two
1920 (Antwerp)  M1x
M8+
Two
1912 (Stockholm)  M1x
M8+
 M8+
M4+
Four
1908 (London) M1x
M2-
M4-
M8+
 M1x
M2-
 M4-
 M8+ Eight
1904 (St Louis) GB Rowing Team did not compete
1900 (Paris)  M1x One
Olympic regatta:
2012 (London)
:
 W2-
 W2x
M4-
LW2x
:
 LM2x
LM4-
:
 M1x
 M2-
M8+
Total:
Nine
Olympic regatta:
2008 (Beijing)
:
 M4-
LM2x
:
 M8+
W4x
:
 M2x
W2x)
Total:
Six
Olympic regatta:
2004 (Athens)
:
 M4-
:
 W4x
W2-
:
 W2x
Total:
Four
Olympic regatta:
2000 (Sydney)
:
 M4-
M8+
:
W4x
:
--
Total:
Three
Olympic regatta:
1996 (Atlanta)
:
 M2-
:
--
:
M4-
Total:
Two
Olympic regatta:
1992 (Barcelona)
:
 M2-
M2+
:
--
:
--
Total:
Two
Olympic regatta:
1988 (Seoul)
:
 M2-
:
--
:
M2+
Total:
Two
Olympic regatta:
1984 (L.A.)
:
 M4+
:
--
:
--
Total:
One
Olympic regatta:
1980 (Moscow)
:
--
:
 M8+
:
 M2-
M4-
Total:
Three
Olympic regatta:
1976 (Montreal)
:
--
:
 M2x
M8+
:
--
Total:
Two
Olympic regatta:
1972 (Munich)
:
--
:
--
:
--
Total:
Zero
Olympic regatta:
1968 (Mexico City)
:
--
:
--
:
--
Total:
Zero
Olympic regatta:
1964 (Tokyo)
:
--
:
 M4-
:
--
Total:
One
Olympic regatta:
1960 (Rome)
:
--
:
--
:
--
Total:
Zero
Olympic regatta:
1956 (Melbourne)
:
--
:
--
:
--
Total:
Zero
Olympic regatta:
1952 (Helsinki)
:
--
:
--
:
--
Total:
Zero
Olympic regatta:
1948 (London)
:
 M2-
M2x
:
 M8+
:
--
Total:
Three
Olympic regatta:
1936 (Berlin)
:
 M2x
:
 M4-
:
--
Total:
Two
Olympic regatta:
1932 (L.A.)
:
 M2-
M4-
:
--
:
--
Total:
Two
Olympic regatta:
1928 (Amsterdam)
:
 M4-
:
 M2-
M8+
:
 M1x
Total:
Four
Olympic regatta:
1924 (Paris)
:
 M1X
M4-
:
--
:
--
Total:
Two
Olympic regatta:
1920 (Antwerp)
:
--
:
 M1x
M8+
:
--
Total:
Two
Olympic regatta:
1912 (Stockholm)
:
 M1x
M8+
:
 M8+
M4+
:
--
Total:
Four
Olympic regatta:
1908 (London)
:
M1x
M2-
M4-
M8+
:
 M1x
M2-
 M4-
:
 M8+
Total:
Eight
Olympic regatta:
1904 (St Louis)
:
GB Rowing Team did not compete
Olympic regatta:
1900 (Paris)
:
--
:
--
:
 M1x
Total:
One

Note 1: In 1924 GB was awarded a bronze medal in the men’s pair. However, this medal is not recognised by the IOC because it was awarded by default – there were only three entries to the event and, having raced the heats, the British crew did not turn up for the final.

Note 2: The medal tally for the 1908 Olympics is disputed. However, the IOC recognises GB as winning four gold, three silver and one bronze in this year.

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