2024 World Rowing Cup I: A Glimpse into the Road to Paris 2024

2024 World Rowing Cup I: A Glimpse into the Road to Paris 2024


The world of rowing is abuzz with anticipation as the 2024 World Rowing Cup I kicks off on the picturesque Lake Varese in Italy. Running from 12 to 14 April, this event promises thrilling races and showcases the talents of 34 countries, setting the stage for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics.

Key Events and Contenders

The action-packed event begins with the qualifying and repechage rounds, culminating in the semi-finals and the grand finale on Sunday, 14 April. The men’s single sculls category boasts a star-studded lineup with reigning world champion Oliver Zeidler from Germany and the formidable Simon Van Dorp of the Netherlands as frontrunners. Zeidler, fresh off his victory at the 2023 Rowing World Championships, faces stiff competition from Van Dorp, who pushed him to his limits in Belgrade.

Croatia’s Damir Martin and Norway’s Kjetil Borch are also ones to watch. Borch is aiming to bolster his confidence and test their speed ahead of the final Olympic qualifying regatta in May.


In the men’s pair, the return of the Sinkovic brothers to Italy has raised the stakes. As defending Olympic champions, they will face fierce competition from the medalists of the Belgrade World Champs, setting the stage for a potential Olympic preview.

The women’s single sculls promise an exhilarating showdown with Karolien Florijn leading the pack. With an impressive unbeaten run of 23 races, Florijn is a force to be reckoned with. However, she will face stiff competition from Virginia Diaz Rivas of Spain, rising stars Alex Foester of Germany and Aurelia-Maxima Janzen of Switzerland, as well as the returning champion Sanita Puspure of Ireland.

Host Nation’s Prospects

Italy, the host nation, is expected to shine in the men’s quadruple sculls after clinching silver at the 2023 World Championships. In the women’s lightweight double sculls, reigning Olympic champions Valentina Rodini and Federica Cesarini will be aiming to regain their form and secure their spot in Paris through the final Olympic qualifying regatta.

Eights Showdown

The eights categories will feature seven teams each, with Great Britain and the Netherlands anticipated to lock horns in the men’s event. As the first rowing regatta of the season, Lake Varese offers teams an invaluable opportunity to find their rhythm and momentum ahead of the Olympic regatta in Paris.


The 2024 World Rowing Cup I is not just a test of skill and endurance but also a crucial stepping stone for athletes on their journey to the Paris 2024 Olympics. With world-class talent, fierce competition, and national pride at stake, rowing enthusiasts are in for a treat as they witness the drama unfold on the tranquil waters of Lake Varese. Stay tuned for an unforgettable display of athleticism, strategy, and sheer determination.



The three events in 2024 will be:

-Varese, Italy (12-14 April).

-Lucerne, Switzerland (24-26 May).

-Poznan, Poland (14-16 June).

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