Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed
I don't get why the rowing has all of these short distances (seemingly up to 2k), yet there's no endurance row - similarly with swimming. Both sports at the olympics seem to have hundreds of sprint type events, but no tests of endurance. Where's the 20k swim or the 20k row? Completely different test of skill from sprinting events which seem 10 a penny in both sports.
All rowing events are over 2 kilometres. Longer straight tracks are impractical, longer bent tracks unfair. Canoeing has only half a kilometre and one kilometre though - not exactly sprints either, in terms of exertion of time they're about middle distance - guess the reason here is that they don't want too many races. (There's long distance canoeing at the World Championships, but then they paddle down rivers and have to carry the canoe.)
Marathon swimming (10 km) is reintroduced this year and will be held for the first time in ages on Wednesday.