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Sprint

The classic test of speed and power

In Flatwater Racing sprint events, paddlers race on a straight course, each boat in a separate lane, over three different distances : 200 m, 500 m and 1000 m. In a kayak, the paddler is seated and uses a two-blade paddle, while in a canoe, the paddler is kneeling on one knee, and uses a single blade paddle. There are kayak events, for men and women, in single (K1), double (K2) and four boats (K4), and canoe events for men in single (C1), double (C2) and four boats (C4) and recently also for women in single boats.

This form of racing became an Olympic discipline in 1936 and its programme includes events over 200 m and 1000 m for men and 200 m and 500 m for women.

Except of sprint categories canoeists race also in long distances. At World Championships and European Championships these are 5000 m, only single boats are used. Long distances are also very popular for mass competitions, e.g. Sella Descent in Spain.

2017 ECA Competitions

ECA Canoe Wildwater Championships
May 11 - 14, 2017
Skopje, MKD
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ECA Canoe Slalom Championships
May 31 - June 4, 2017
Tacen, SLO
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ECA Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint Championships
June 22 - 25, 2017
Belgrade, SRB
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ECA Canoe Marathon Championships
June 30 - July 2, 2017
Ponte de Lima, POR
www.canoemarathonportugal.com

ECA Dragonboat & Club Championships
July 6 - 9, 2017
Szeged, HUN                                                                                                               http://www.szeged2017.com/dragonboat.html

ECA Canoe Sprint Championships
July 14 - 16, 2017
Plovdiv, BUL

ECA Junior & U23 Canoe Slalom Championships
August 16 - 20, 2017
Hohenlimburg, GER
www.em2017.holibu.de/en/

ECA Canoe Polo Championships
August 23 - 27, 2017
Saint Omer, FRA

ECA Canoe Slalom Championships May 31 - June 4, 2017 Tacen

ECA Junior Slalom Cup

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