The World Rowing Indoor Championships were held virtually instead of in Hamburg because of the COVID-19 pandemic ©World Rowing

Ward Lemmelijn successfully defended his open men's 2,000 metres title at the World Rowing Indoor Championships, which were held virtually instead of in Hamburg, Germany, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Belgium's Lemmelijn notched 5min 41.7sec to take gold for the second year running, beating the 5:42.5 posted by Russia’s Alexander Vyazovkin.

Joel Naukkarinen of Finland placed third in 5:46.1.

The open women's 2,000m featured a one-two-three for China, led by Zhang Peixin with her time of 6:43.3.

Lv Yang placed second in 6:47.1, while a 6:51.3 from Xu Xingye earned third place.

In the men's open 500m race, Britain's Phil Clapp secured his third consecutive gold medal at the World Indoor Championships in 1:11.6, fending off a challenge from Canada's Cameron Wharram, who was 0.3sec slower.

Slovakia's Anton Grassl placed third with his 1:13.0 effort, pipping the United States' Nicholas Thomas to the final podium position.

Bianca Piloseno of the US came out on top in the open women's 500m with a time of 1:27.3, with Britain's Jade Lally taking silver in 1:28.7 and bronze going to China's Sun Fengjiao in 1:30.0.

Javier Reja Muñoz of Spain set two world records in men's PR1 2,000m and 500m.

He clocked 7:23.2 in the first of those events, and 1:38.4 in the second.

Slovakia's Milan Lackovič achieved the same feat in the men's PR3 500m with his time of 1:19.3, as did American Matthew Houser in 1:30.4 in the men's PR3-II 500m.

Alberto Quagliato of Italy won the men's PR2 500m in 1:33.4.

Quagliato also triumphed over 2,000m, with Russia's Anton Voronov taking the PR3 gold over the longer distance and Brayan Vinicio Quinquiguano Tonato of Ecuador the PR3-II equivalent.

The women's PR1 500m title was taken by Algeria's Nedjoua Gharbi in 2:06.2, with Latvia's Zanna Cveckovska clocking 1:56.4 on her way to victory in the PR2 class, Russia's Valentina Zhagot 1:45.0 in the PR3 and Bronte Marshall of Australia 1:55.9 in the PR3-II.

Marshall also triumphed over 2,000m, with Germany's Sylvia Pille-Steppat coming out on top in the PR1 and Ludovica Tramontin of Italy in the PR3.

Competitors participated from their homes and competed on Concept2 indoor rowing machines.