Sarasota, 2 October 2017: A bronze medal and and the attribution of another World Rowing event to Austria - the 2017 World Rowing Championships have come to a successful end for both Austria's athletes and officials.
Very successful is Austria's summary of the 2017 World Rowing Championships that took place from 24 September to 1 October 2017 in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. After Magdalena Lobnig's third place in the women's single sculls and the therefore first World Championships medal in an Olympic boat class for Austria since 2001, the next sensational achievement followed on Monday, 2 October 2017 at the annual FISA Ordinary Congress: The regatta course Linz-Ottensheim succeeded again in international comparisons and was nominated to hold the 2020 World Rowing Masters Regatta.
The World Rowing Masters Regatta - inofficially also known as "Masters World Championships" - is an international competition for the age class 27+ and the biggest FISA rowing regatta. The 2017 World Rowing Masters Regatta from 6 - 10 September in Bled, Slovenia has shown record participation numbers of 4700 athletes in 905 races with a time interval of 3 minutes.
The attribution of the 2020 World Rowing Masters Regatta to the regatta course at the Danube is the third international rowing regatta in Linz-Ottensheim within 3 years. For the implementation of the 2018 World Rowing Cup II and the 2019 World Rowing Championships, a new National Training Centre has been constructed over the past year. One condition for the realisation of this project was a sustainable use of the building. "From the beginning, our goal was not to create any ruins and with the 2020 World Rowing Masters Regatta we can definitely fulfill the concept of sustainability required by politics", so Horst Anselm, President of the Upper Austrian Rowing Federation. The opening ceremony of the building takes place on Friday, 13 October 2017 from 1 pm.