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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.

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.

DOCUMENTS can be found here.

ECA Competitions

2019 Olympic Hopes - Canoe Sprint
September 13. - 15. 2019, Bratislava, SVK
2020 ECA Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe ...
June 4. - 7. 2020, Bascov, ROU
2020 ECA Junior&U23 Canoe Sprint ...
July 2. - 5. 2020, Moscow, RUS
2021 ECA Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe ...
January 1. 2021, Duisburg, GER
2021 ECA Junior&U23 Canoe Sprint ...
January 1. 2021, Poznan, POL
2022 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe ...
January 1. 2022, Zagreb, CRO
All competitions

NEWS

Belarus and Russia conclude European Championships in Račice with 15 medals each
Belarus and Russia conclude European Championships in Račice with 15 medals each

The 2019 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Czech Republic has concluded with 500 and 200 metres finals. Belarus had another great day of racing winning five gold medals today, Ukraine won four gold medals, Poland and Russia celebrated three gold medals each, and Serbia and Czech Republic listened to the national anthem twice today.

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Bojan Zdelar sets the fastest European time to win European Champion title
Bojan Zdelar sets the fastest European time to win European Champion title

The first sets of medals have been awarded to the fastest competitors in 1000 metres A finals of the 2019 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Račice, Czech Republic. Serbian kayaker Bojan Zdelar produced the fastest time ever at European Championships in men's U23 K1 1000 metres event to win the gold medal. In ten finals that were organised today ten different European nations celebrated gold medals.

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Belarus and Poland head the 200 metres heats in Račice
Belarus and Poland head the 200 metres heats in Račice

During the second day of the 2019 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Račice, Czech Republic, we have followed the 1000 metres semifinals in the morning part of the programme and heats of the 200 meters events in the afternoon.

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