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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

2018 European Universities Games
July 21. - 23. 2018, Coimbra, POR
FISU World University Championships ...
August 10. - 12. 2018, Szolnok, HUN
2018 Olympic Hopes - Canoe Sprint
September 14. - 16. 2018, Poznan, POL
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 18. - 21. 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

The International Congress of Canoeing Coaches in Spain starts in three months
The International Congress of Canoeing Coaches in Spain starts in three months

We are a little more than three months away of the International Congress of Canoeing Coaches which will be held in Catoira, Spain, between 26th and 28th October 2018. This will be the seventh edition of the congress, which  primarily focuses on sprint canoeing but this year’s congress brings a novelty – a congress for canoe slalom coaches as well. Around three hundred participants are expected to come to Galicia this October.

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European Championships in Auronzo ends with 500 and 200 meters finals
European Championships in Auronzo ends with 500 and 200 meters finals

After four days of exciting competition the 2018 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Auronzo di Cadore, Italy, came to an end with final races in the 500 and 200 meters distances. We’ve seen exciting races and familiar faces on the podium, but also tough conditions in the afternoon part of the programme with strong wind and waves that caused trouble for the athletes.

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Carlo Tacchini defended the U23 European Champion title in front of his fans
Carlo Tacchini defended the U23 European Champion title in front of his fans

The 2018 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Auronzo di Cadore finally brought the first medallists. All medals of the day were awarded in the 1000 metres events. Biggest Italian hope for the medal Carlo Tacchini defended his U23 European Champion title he won last year in Belgrade in men's C1 1000 metres final. Rasmus Knudsen from Denmark also repeated his success from the previous years winning gold medal in men’s K1 Junior 1000 metres final.

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