1961 European Rowing Championships

The 1961 European Rowing Championships were rowing championships held on the Vltava (Moldau) in the Czechoslovakian capital Prague. The event for women was held from 18 to 20 August,[1] and 9 countries competed with 32 boats.[2] The event for men was held from 24 to 27 August, and 20 countries entered boats. Men competed in all seven Olympic boat classes (M1x, M2x, M2-, M2+, M4-, M4+, M8+), and just three countries entered boats in all classes: the hosts Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and a combined German team.[3] Women entered in five boat classes (W1x, W2x, W4x+, W4+, W8+).[1] The regatta was held in five lanes, with rowers proceeding in the direction of the river's flow.[2]

1961 European Rowing Championships
VenueVltava
LocationPrague, Czechoslovakia
Dates18–20 August (women)
24–27 August (men)
Nations9 (women) and 20 (men)

German representationEdit

Germany had to enter a combined team. The women from both countries had a qualification event on the Langer See in Grünau, which had previously been used as the rowing venue for the 1936 Summer Olympics. The West Germans entered the three sculling boat classes only (W1x, W2x, W4x+), and in all events, the East Germans won the competition. East German teams for the coxed four and the eight complemented a complete team.[1]

East Germany nominated its men at the end of July, and following the West German national championships, the West Germans nominated their men's team in early August.[4] There were difficult negotiations between West and East German representatives as to the location for the German qualifications. In the end, the regatta facility on the Templiner See in Potsdam favoured by East Germany was agreed to.[5][6] The German qualifications were decided on 12 August, with West Germany winning all seven races.[7]

Medal summaryEdit

Medallists at the 1971 European Rowing Championships were:

Women's eventsEdit

Of the nine countries that were represented, only three were from western Europe: Great Britain (coxed four, double scull, single scull), Belgium and the Netherlands (both single scull). Of those, only Britain managed to get two of their boats into the finals; Penny Chuter came fourth in the single scull, and they came fifth in the coxed four.[2] The most successful nation in the women's events was the Soviet Union, with four out of a possible five gold medals.[8]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Country & rowers Time[9] Country & rowers Time[9] Country & rowers Time[9]
W1x[8][10]   Hungary
Kornélia Pap
3:48.9   Czechoslovakia
Alena Postlová
3:52.1   Soviet Union
Zoja Rakickaja
3:53.5
W2x[11][8][12]   Soviet Union
Valentina Kalegina
Galina Samorodova
3:34.9   East Germany
Hannelore Göttlich
Helga Kolbe
3:37.0   Romania
Ana Tamas
Florica Ghiuzelea
3:42.2
W4x+[11][8][13]   Soviet Union
Valentina Vassilieva
Ljudmila Suslova
Aino Paiusalu
Nina Polyakova
Tamara Ivanova (cox)
3:24.9   Czechoslovakia
Marta Sipova
Jarmila Plocarova
Svetla Bartakova
Hana Musilova
Ivana Potocnikova (cox)
3:28.4   East Germany
Helga Schlittermann-Fischer
Ursula Pankraths
Helga Ammon
Helga Kolbe
Karla Frister (cox)
3:28.8
W4+[11][8][14]   Soviet Union
Valentina Terekhova
Nadeschda Skunkova
Ella Sergeyeva
Nina Shamanova
Valentina Timofeyeva (cox)
3:28.1   Romania
Emilia Rigard
Ana Tamas
Florica Ghiuzelea
Iuliana Bulugioiu
Stefania Borisov (cox)
3:32.1   East Germany
Ingrid Graf
Waltraud Dinter
Hilde Amelang
Marianne Mewes
Elfriede Boetius (cox)
3:36.9
W8+[11][8][15]   Soviet Union
Sinaida Kirillina
Vera Rebrova
Valentina Sirsikova
Nonna Petsernikova
Nina Korobkova
Lidiya Zontova
Zinaida Korotova
Nadeschda Gontsarova
Viktoriya Dobrodeeva (cox)
3:13.6   East Germany
Waltraud Böhlmann
Gisela Schirmer
Erika Kretschmer
Ute Gabler
Brigitte Amm
Gerlinde Löwenstein
Barbara Reichel
Christa Schollain-Temeier
Sigrid Laube (cox)
3:17.2   Romania
Emilia Oros
Maria Draghici
Magda Vladut
Mariana Horvath
Viorica Moldovan
Olimpia Bogdan
Margareta Stoian
Mariana Limpede
Stefania Borisov (cox)
3:18.7

Men's eventsEdit

The most successful nation was the Soviet Union, which won three gold medals.[16]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Country & rowers Time Country & rowers Time Country & rowers Time
M1x[16][17]   Soviet Union
Vyacheslav Ivanov
  Czechoslovakia
Vladimír Andrs
  United States
Seymour Cromwell
M2x[16][18]   Soviet Union
Aleksandr Berkutov
Yuriy Tyukalov
6:33.6   United Kingdom
Nicholas Birkmyre
George Justicz
  Czechoslovakia
Václav Kozák
Pavel Schmidt
M2-[16][11][19]   West Germany
Günther Zumkeller
Dieter Bender
7:01.9   Finland
Veli Lehtelä
Toimi Pitkänen
  Netherlands
Ernst Veenemans
Steven Blaisse
M2+[16][20]   Soviet Union
Zigmas Jukna
Antanas Bagdonavičius
Gerdas Morhus (cox)
7:45.3   Romania
Ionel Petrov
Ilie Husarenco
Oprea Păunescu (cox)
  Czechoslovakia
Václav Chalupa
Miroslav Strejček
Jan Dvorak (cox)
M4-[16][11][21]   Italy
Renato Bosatta
Tullio Baraglia
Giancarlo Crosta
Giuseppe Galante
6:28.3   Soviet Union
Valentin Markovkin
Igor Akhremchik
Anatoly Tarabrin
Yuri Basurov
  West Germany
Klaus Wegner
Manfred Uellner
Klaus Riekemann
Günter Schroers
M4+[16][11][22]   West Germany
Karl-Heinz Hopp
Klaus Bittner
Kraft Schepke
Frank Schepke
Reinhold Brümmer (cox)
6:33.1   Soviet Union
Oleg Aleksandrov
Boris Fyodorov
Yury Suslin
Anatoli Fedorov
Igor Rudakov (cox)
  Italy
Vito Casalucci
Michele Vertuccio
Salvatore Ibba
Francesco Staiti
Giuseppe Giorgianni (cox)
M8+[16][11][23]   Italy
Romano Sgheiz
Giovanni Zucchi
Raffaele Viviani
Giuseppe Palese
Fulvio Balatti
Gianpietro Gilardi
Vinico Brondi
Sereno Brunello
Ivo Stefanoni (cox)
5:52.2   West Germany
Wolfgang Tietenberg
Detlef Raatz
Joachim Schulz
Peter Riff
Bernd-Jürgen Marschner
Peter Neusel
Bernhard Britting
Manfred Ross
Jürgen Oelke (cox)
5:52.4   France
Christian Puibaraud
Jean-Pierre Bellet
Joseph Moroni
Robert Dumontois
Gaston Mercier
Bernard Meynadier
Émile Clerc
Michel Viaud
Alain Bouffard (cox)

Medals tablesEdit

The first table shows the aggregate results for men and women with Germany counted as one country. The overall winner was the Soviet Union with seven gold medals, followed by Germany and then Italy with two gold medals each, but Germany also winning three silver medals whilst Italy did not win silver.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Soviet Union (URS)72110
2  Germany (GER)2338
3  Italy (ITA)2013
4  Hungary (HUN)1001
5  Czechoslovakia (TCH)0325
6  Romania (ROM)0224
7  Finland (FIN)0101
  Great Britain (GBR)0101
9  France (FRA)0011
  Netherlands (NED)0011
  United States (USA)0011
Totals (11 nations)12121236

The second table shows the aggregate results for men and women with East Germany and West Germany counted as separate countries; all male German winners were West Germans while all female German winners were from the east. The overall winner remains the Soviet Union with seven gold medals, followed by West Germany and then Italy with two gold medals each, but West Germany also winning one silver medal whilst Italy did not win silver. East Germany is ranked sixth with this method of counting medals.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Soviet Union (URS)72110
2  West Germany (FRG)2114
3  Italy (ITA)2013
4  Hungary (HUN)1001
5  Czechoslovakia (TCH)0325
6  East Germany (GDR)0224
  Romania (ROM)0224
8  Finland (FIN)0101
  Great Britain (GBR)0101
10  France (FRA)0011
  Netherlands (NED)0011
  United States (USA)0011
Totals (12 nations)12121236

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