The 2018 World Rowing Championships
Rowing may not be one of the most popular betting sports, but it does offer some unique opportunities for punters to extend their repertoire. Aside from the Summer Olympics, the largest and most prestigious rowing event is the World Rowing Championships. First held in 1962 in Switzerland, the week-long event brings together the best rowers from countries around the world.
Initially the event was held every four years until 1974, when it reverted to an annual competition. Starting with a standard selection of racing events, the Championships expanded to include the men’s and women’s open weight and lightweight events. In 2002, the adapted events were introduced for people with disabilities.
Boats and Racing Events
For those who are new to rowing, the Championships sees rowers using 21 different classes of boats, except during Olympic years when only non-Olympic boat classes are raced. There are 8 main events held over the course of the week split into men, women, lightweight men and lightweight woman events. The top 8 events include:
- Single Sculls
- Double Sculls
- Coxless Pairs
- Coxed Pairs
- Quad Sculls
- Coxless Fours
- Coxed Fours
As with most international sports tournaments, teams are sent to represent their country. Individual medals are handed out to the winner of each event and the medal tally logged per country. Each event offers a gold, silver and bronze medal. In the all-time medal table, Germany, Italy and Great Briton have won the most medals at the World Champs with the USA, New Zealand and Australia making up the top 6 best teams in the world.
The 2018 Event Details
In 2017, the World Championships was held for the first time in Sarasota Florida in the USA. While all of the top teams were closely matched, it was Italy that topped the medal table with a total of 9 medals while New Zealand was close behind on 7 medals and Australia on 6.
The 2018 World Rowing Championships will be held at the specialised regatta course in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from the 9th to the 16th of September. This will be the second time the country has hosted the event, the first being in 2012 when only non-Olympic events were raced. Since this is a non-Olympic year, all teams will be eager to compete in the highlighted Olympic racing events.
Online Betting Markets
Punters who are keen to get in on the betting action can check out what markets are available at top-rated bookmakers like William Hill, Bodog, Spin Palace Sports, Sports Betting, Betway Sports and 888 Sports.
For anyone just starting out, the most popular bet with the Rowing Championships is on the winning country. This is a wager on which country will win the most medals at the tournament. Wagers can also be placed on each individual event, predicting the country who will take gold, bronze or silver in the event, ensuring there’s something for everyone to put money on.