| Event type

Single Sculls, Women

Date23 – 30 July 2021
LocationSea Forest Waterway, 6-44, 3chome, Uminomori, Koto-ku, Tokyo Bay, Tokyo, Japan
Participants32 from 32 countries

Coming into the event, Sanita Puspure of Ireland was considered one of the heavy favourites after having won back-to-back World Championships in 2018 and 2019. This year, however, she had not been as dominant, with relative newcomer Anna Prakaten of Russia having captured the most recent World event. Another medal contender, Kara Kohler of the United States, took silver at that same event. Not to be ignored either was Emma Twigg of New Zealand, who finished runner up to Puspure in the 2019 Worlds and had two fourth place Olympic finishes to her credit.

Quarterfinals went pretty well to form, with the exception of Iran’s Nazanin Malaei, who created a bit of a sensation by making it through to the semi-finals. Two exciting semi-finals pared down the field, and claimed a couple of prominent rowers in Puspure and Kohler, who failed to qualify for the finals. In the medal event, Austria’s Magdalena Lobnig and New Zealand’s Twigg broke fastest at the start, with Twigg soon forging into the lead. As Twigg’s lead expanded Prakaten, of ROC, began to make her presence felt and soon took over second, with Lobnig third. That is how it ended, with the third time being the charm for Emma Twigg, who won gold with an Olympic best time.

1Emma TwiggNZLGold
2Anna PrakatenROCSilver
3Magdalena LobnigAUTBronze
4Victoria ThornleyGBR
5Jeannine GmelinSUI
6Jiang YanCHN
7Sophie SouwerNED
8Carling ZeemanCAN
9Kara KohlerUSA
10Anneta KyridouGRE
11Nazanin MalaeiIRI
12Sanita PušpureIRL
13Tatsiana KlimovichBLR
14Lovisa ClaessonSWE
15Jovana ArsićSRB
16Kenia LechugaMEX
17Milena VenegaCUB
18Maike DiekmannNAM
19Felice ChowTTO
20Huang Yi-TingTPE
21Alejandra AlonsoPAR
22Verónica ToroPUR
23Winne HungHKG
24Jeong Hye-JeongKOR
25Tala AbujbaraQAT
26Kathleen NobleUGA
27Evidelia GonzálezNCA
28Joan PohSGP
29Sarah FraincartMAR
30Esther TokoNGR
31Claire AyivonTOG
32Esraa KhojalySUD