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row2k World Rower Rankings 2021
The Ranking: Men 1 to 5
September 29, 2021
Erik Dresser, row2k.com

Richard Schmidt of GER M8+

Following the conclusion of the 2020 Olympic Regatta in Tokyo, Japan, here are row2k's new rankings for the top 15 men's and women's rowers in the world. This is an objective ranking of athletes based off results at Olympic and World Championship regattas. View previous rankings here: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

View this year's men:
-Ranked 11 to 15
-Ranked 6 to 10

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 (Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020) and the World Championships in between (2017-2019)
  • 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 - 34
    2019 Ranking - 3
  • 2020 Olympics - Silver in the M8+
  • 2019 World Championships - Gold in the M8+
  • 2018 World Championships - Gold in the M8+
  • 2017 World Championships - Gold in the M8+
  • 2016 Olympics - Silver in the M8+


    #4 Alexander Hill - AUSTRALIA


    Age - 28
    2019 Ranking - NR
  • 2020 Olympics - Gold in the M4-
  • 2018 World Championships - Gold in the M4-
  • 2017 World Championships - Gold in the M4-
  • 2016 Olympics - Silver in the M4-

    Alexander Hill of AUS M4-
    Alexander Hill of AUS M4-


    #3 Paul O'Donovan - IRELAND


    Age - 27
    2019 Ranking - 7
  • 2020 Olympics - Gold in the LM2x
  • 2019 World Championships - Gold in the LM2x
  • 2018 World Championships - Gold in the LM2x
  • 2017 World Championships - Gold in the LM1x
  • 2016 Olympics - Silver in the LM2x

    Paul O'Donovan of IRL LM2x
    Paul O'Donovan of IRL LM2x


    #1 (tie) Martin Sinkovic - CROATIA


    Age - 31
    2019 Ranking - 2
  • 2020 Olympics - Gold in the M2-
  • 2019 World Championships - Gold in M2-
  • 2018 World Championships - Gold in M2-
  • 2017 World Championships - Silver in M2-
  • 2016 Olympics - Gold in the M2x

    Martin Sinkovic of CRO M2-
    Martin Sinkovic of CRO M2-


    #1 (tie) Valent Sinkovic - CROATIA


    Age - 33
    2019 Ranking - 1
  • 2020 Olympics - Gold in the M2-
  • 2019 World Championships - Gold in M2-
  • 2018 World Championships - Gold in M2-
  • 2017 World Championships - Silver in M2-
  • 2016 Olympics - Gold in the M2x

    *Valent holds tiebreaker over Martin. They have identical Olympic, World, World Cup, and U23 medal records, but Valent has a Junior Worlds silver medal ('06 JM2x) while Martin has a Junior Worlds bronze medal ('07 JM1x).

    Valent Sinkovic of CRO M2-
    Valent Sinkovic of CRO M2-

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