Para rowing was included for the first time ever at the annual South American Rowing Championships, which recently concluded in Brasilia, Brazil.
The regatta saw Brazil and Argentina Para rowers compete.
Brazil proved to be the stronger nation, taking gold in all three Para rowing boat classes. Brazil’s Rene Campos Pereira captured his first major international medal on home waters following up on his sixth place finish at the Rio 2016 Paralympics last September. He beat out Carlos Vysocki of Argentina to take top honours in the men’s single sculls (PR1 M1x).
Brazil also took gold in the men’s single (PR2 M1x) race where sculler Michel Gomez Pessanha similarly built on his seventh place finish in the Para mixed double sculls at the Rio Paralympics. In the mixed double sculls (PR3 Mix2x), Andre Arthur Dutra and Dina Cristina Barcelos de Olivera of Brazil crossed the line ahead of the Argentinians Pablo Geer and Gracia Sosa Barreneche.
The sport made its Paralympic debut at Beijing 2008.
More information on the South American Rowing Championships can be found at World Rowing’s website.