Rowing officially started in England in the 17th century. Today, it is considered a demanding sport because of the places where it is practiced: rivers, canals, lakes, ponds and harbors.
All rowers move the boats by using strength and their bodies' movement to pull the blades of one or two paddles through the water. Rowers face backwards in their boats on a seat to take advantage of their strength and movement of their legs.
It is a competition that requires speed, power, endurance and teamwork. Rowers use all muscle groups during these competitions. Male athletes may not weight over 72.5 kg (average rower weight is 70 kg).
Female athletes may not weight over 59 kg (average rower weight is 57 kg). This sport has been a part of all editions of the Games. Before Lima 2019, the four Pan American leaders in this sport were the US, with 55 gold medals, followed by Argentina with 40, Cuba with 36, and Canada with 31.
In Lima 2019, this competition was held at ALbufera del Medio Mundo, north of Lima.