- There were 547 athletes from 69 countries.
- Nadia Negm was the youngest participant with 18 years and 14 days.
- Lesley Thompson-Willie was the oldest participant with 56 years and 323 days.
- Great Britain won the medal table for the third time in a row.
- Most Russians were banned from participating.
- 8 nations made their debut in Olympic rowing.
- Ireland won their first medal since 1948.
- Lithuania won 2 medals, more than in any other sport.