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row2k World Rower Rankings 2017
The Ranking: Men 1 to 5
November 8, 2017
Erik Dresser, row2k.com

#5 Richard Schmidt of Germany

Following the conclusion of the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida, here is row2k's new rankings for the top 15 men's and women's rowers in the world. This is an objective ranking of based off results at Olympic and World Championship regattas. View the 2016 rankings here.

METHODOLOGY

  • Athlete must have medalled at the most recent World/Olympic Regatta to be eligible
  • Points are scored for medalling at an Olympic or Senior World Championship Regatta
  • 5 points for gold, 3 points for silver, 2 points for bronze
  • Scoring regattas go back to include the two most recent Olympics and the World Championships in between
  • Each regatta has a multiplier value. 3x for most recent Olympics, 2x for the Olympics prior to that, 1x for Olympic class event at World Championship, 0.5x for non-Olympic class event at World Championship
  • Tie breaker is head to head total number of medals by priority: Olympic gold > silver > bronze, World championship gold > silver > bronze, World Cup gold > silver > bronze. The tie breaker includes all medals won in athletes career.

    #5 Richard Schmidt - GERMANY


    Age - 30
  • 2017 World Championships - Gold in M8+
  • 2016 Olympics - Silver in M8+
  • 2015 World Championships - Silver in M8+
  • 2014 World Championships - Silver in M8+
  • 2013 World Championships - Silver in M8+
  • 2012 Olympics - Gold in M8+


    #4 William Satch - GREAT BRITAIN


    Age - 28
  • 2017 World Championships - Bronze in M4-
  • 2016 Olympics - Gold in M8+
  • 2015 World Championships - Gold in M8+
  • 2014 World Championships - Gold in M8+
  • 2013 World Championships - Gold in M8+
  • 2012 Olympics - Bronze in M2-

    #4 William Satch of Great Britain


    #3 Mohamed Sbihi - GREAT BRITAIN


    Age - 29
  • 2017 World Championships - Bronze in M4-
  • 2016 Olympics - Gold in M4-
  • 2015 World Championships - Gold in M8+
  • 2014 World Championships - Gold in M4-
  • 2013 World Championships - Gold in M8+
  • 2012 Olympics - Bronze in M8+

    #3 Mohamed Sbihi of Great Britain


    #2 Martin Sinkovic - CROATIA


    Age - 28
  • 2017 World Championships - Silver in M2-
  • 2016 Olympics - Gold in M2x
  • 2015 World Championships - Gold in M2x
  • 2014 World Championships - Gold in M2x
  • 2013 World Championships - Gold in M4x
  • 2012 Olympics - Silver in M4x

    #2 Martin Sinkovic of Croatia


    #1 Valent Sinkovic - CROATIA


    Age - 29
  • 2017 World Championships - Silver in M2-
  • 2016 Olympics - Gold in M2x
  • 2015 World Championships - Gold in M2x
  • 2014 World Championships - Gold in M2x
  • 2013 World Championships - Gold in M4x
  • 2012 Olympics - Silver in M4x

    #1 Valent Sinkovic of Croatia


  • Comments

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    marcorow
    11/08/2017  1:01:28 PM
    Allow me to be a little polemic here. I understand how difficult is to come out with a fair method to classify great athletes like these, so mine are just suggestions. I read the methodology and on the paper, it seems fair but there is something wrong anyway. in 2016 Mahe Drysdale ranked 15th (if I am not mistaken), the guy dominated the 1x (when he was healthy) for 3 Olympic cycles. Here we have a guy that was always in the 8+ which is not a really competitive event in 5th place. Maybe boat length, number of entries in the event, different events participation, (something else?) should be a factor to take in consideration? What do you think? Mohamed Sbihi was 3rd in the 8+ in London 2012 not in 2016

    row2k
    11/08/2017  3:09:07 PM
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The rankings are meant to be a way to objectively compare athletes across different events to show who has been the most successful with a tilt towards the most recent quadrennial as to provide a snapshot of who the top people are in a given year, not necessarily who has had the best overall career in the sport. Also, Richard Schmidt isn’t just a guy in an eight, he would likely be number one on the list if we included every world championship medal won in a career. The methodology doesn’t include anything pre-2012, of which Schmidt won three additional world titles. Additionally, had Drysdale raced and won an Olympic class event this year, he would have been ranked #3.


    marcorow
    11/10/2017  4:25:53 PM
    As I said I am aware of the difficulties of making a fair ranking, and I totally understand the absolute value of an athlete like Richard Schmidt, that said I feel that athletes that have been successful in more contested classes and were able to compete in different type of events (for example the Sinkovic brothers that have the courage to put themselves in discussion in the 2- after dominating for so many years in the 2x) deserve a little extra credit. When you race against 40+ competitor it's different than having to compete against 12 entries. Just my personal opinion.


    trogrower
    11/08/2017  9:46:16 AM
    Both Valent and Martin won golds (not silver) in the 4x in 2013 and 2x in 2014.

    row2k
    11/08/2017  10:45:23 AM
    Edits made now, thank you!



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