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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

European Games - Canoe Sprint
June 18. - July 2. 2019, Minsk, BLR
2019 ECA Junior&U23 Canoe Sprint ...
July 11. - 14. 2019, Račice, CZE
2020 ECA Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe ...
June 4. - 7. 2020, Bascov, ROU
2020 ECA Junior&U23 Canoe Sprint ...
July 9. - 12. 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
All competitions

NEWS

European Champions Fernando Pimenta and Martin Fuksa win at special canoe sprint race in China
European Champions Fernando Pimenta and Martin Fuksa win at special canoe sprint race in China

Some of the world’s best canoe sprinters, such as European senior champions Fernando Pimenta and Martin Fuksa and reigning European U23 Champion Carlo Tacchini as well as Polish star Marta Walczykiewicz competed at a special event that was held today in China. Two special events, this one in China, and one following later this week in Russia, bring new competition concept with 600 and 350 metres events and special 100 meters event where male and female athletes will be randomly paired to race in mixed C2 and K2 boats as well as special prize money fund.

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Hungary concludes Olympic Hopes in Poznan with a total of 40 medals
Hungary concludes Olympic Hopes in Poznan with a total of 40 medals

The 2018 edition of canoe sprint Olympic Hopes regatta in Poznan, Poland, concluded with 200 metres events and a complete dominance of Hungarian team who topped the medal table with a total of 40 medals (18 gold,15 silver, 7 bronze) won over the three competition days. German athletes won 30 medals in the past three days, while Canada occupied the third place in medal count.

 

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Hungary leads the Nations Cup and medal table of Olympic Hopes in Poznan
Hungary leads the Nations Cup and medal table of Olympic Hopes in Poznan

The second day of the Canoe Sprint Olympic Hopes regatta in Poznan, Poland, brought the 500 meters events. Hungary, Germany, Belarus, Denmark, Czech Republic and Slovakia were again among the strongest nations participating at this competition. After two competition days Hungary leads in the standings of Nations Cup as well as in the medals table. On Sunday the exciting competition weekend will conclude with 200 metres events.

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