On August 5, 2018, two thousand rowers from every corner of the globe took to the waters of Lake Lucerne in Switzerland for the inaugural World Rowing Championships. It was an incredible moment in rowing history, as it marked the first time a world championship event was completely dedicated to the sport. After four days of intense competition by some of the world’s best rowers, champions in 15 different categories were crowned and champions.
The competition began with heats on August 5, with only four boats racing for three spots in each event. The heats continued through August 7 with heats for all events expect the single sculls and coxless fours. The top eight boats from each heat advanced to the semifinals and finally to one of the 12 finals.
In addition to individual and boat events being held over these five days, there were also team relays which concluded on August 8th, when just one day after their respective individual race winners were crowned in their respective events. These relays included men’s four without a coxwain, women’s four without a coxwain and open four without a coxwain event in addition to their men’s and women’s eight finals with a coxswain.
The inaugural World Rowing Championships had numerous highlights throughout its duration. One of them being that two British double sculls duo Sophie Hosking and Katherine Grainger won a gold medal against all odds as they were so far behind from the front runners that many people had written them off as not being able to secure a medal at all for this competition yet here they are competing against some of the world’s best teams and winning gold! Not only did they surprise people within the competition but also internationally as fans around the world applauded what these two amazingly amazing athletes accomplished during such limited practice time due to Sophie Hosking’s pregnancy at that time (she later gave birth to her son shortly afterwards).
Two other noteworthy moments occurred at this tournament: Italy’s Mario Gyr became only the second rower ever win seven gold medals over consecutive Olympic Games as well as first-ever Masters category gold medalist crown went to Rajneesh Pandey with his win in Single Sculls event gives more recognition and respectability towards veteran athletes worldwide providing further encouragement towards them taking up sports even when they’ve reach senior age. These remarkable achievements show that dedication plus hardwork really do pay off!
It was an incredibly eventful five days in Lucerne and set an incredibly high bar for future championships following it. With intense racing and stunning feats of athleticism by both athletes veterans alike, this tournament ultimately proved its worthiness among many international sporting gatherings across multiple sports genres – it may have been ‘only’ five days long but certainly didn’t lack excitement or quality! And having done so will serve as crucial milestone into how rowing is perceived around the world from today onwards; it will always be remembered as something special – befitting its title – ‘the World Rowing Championships’.