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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.

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

Canoe Sprint Olympic Hopes this weekend in Bratislava

Zemnik – Bratislava will host the 2019 edition of Canoe Sprint Olympic Hopes between 13th and 15th September 2019. Young competitors from 36 countries around the world are expected to start at this year’s competition.

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Belarus, Germany and Hungary the strongest nations of World Championships in Szeged
Belarus, Germany and Hungary the strongest nations of World Championships in Szeged

The 2019 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, has ended with a celebration of Belarus, Germany and Hungary. Each of these nations won more than ten medals at the World Championships. Belarus topped the overall standings with a total of 14 medals (six gold, four silver, four bronze), followed by Germany with six gold medals, four silver medals and bronze medal, while host nation won five gold medals, four silver medals and three bronze medals.

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Hungary the most successful country of Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Romania
Hungary the most successful country of Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Romania

The 2019 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Pitesti, Romania, ended with the celebration of Hungarian team, which picked up a total of 21 medals (10 gold, six silver and five bronze medals). Members of German junior and U23 teams won 13 medals in the overall standings, making Europe the most successful continent of the championships.

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