Rowing began as a competitive sport in 1828 when educational powerhouses Oxford and Cambridge University had their first boat race at Henley on Thames. This was soon followed by (the presumably jealous) Harvard VS Yale, who competed against one another for the first time in 1858, pretty much the same but with more high-fiving at the end.
Have you heard the song “row row row your boat, merrily down the stream”? Well, Eliphalet Oram Lyte (cited composer 1881) clearly wasn’t an Olympic level oarsman. Physiologists claim that rowing a 2000m race in 6 minutes is equal to playing 2 basketball games in a row!