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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

2024 ECA Canoe Sprint, Paracanoe ...
June 12. - 16. 2024, Szeged, HUN
2024 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe ...
June 27. - 30. 2024, Bratislava, SVK
2024 Olympic Hopes - sprint
September 19. - 22. 2024, Szeged, HUN
2025 ECA Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe ...
June 19. - 22. 2025, Račice, CZE
2025 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe ...
July 3. - 6. 2025, Pitesti, ROU
All competitions

NEWS

Hungarian domination at their home European Championships in Szeged
Hungarian domination at their home European Championships in Szeged

On penultimate day of the 2024 ECA Canoe Sprint, Paracanoe and SUP European Championships in Szeged, Hungarian athletes once again dominated in the canoe sprint finals, winning European Champion titles in six events, and claiming four more medals in canoe sprint and paracanoe, and three medals in SUP Infalatable race.

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Hungary, Italy and Poland with two gold medals each on day 3 of the European Championships in Szeged
Hungary, Italy and Poland with two gold medals each on day 3 of the European Championships in Szeged

On the third competition day of the 2024 ECA Canoe Sprint, Paracanoe and SUP European Championships in Szeged the first sets of medals were awarded in canoe sprint and paracanoeing events, and SUP competitors fought for the European Champion titles in sprint A finals.

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Favourites safely through to the first finals of the 2024 ECA Canoe Sprint, Paracanoe and SUP ...
Favourites safely through to the first finals of the 2024 ECA Canoe Sprint, Paracanoe and SUP ...

On the second day of the 2024 ECA Canoe Sprint, Paracanoe and SUP European Championships in Szeged, Hungary, we saw the first canoe sprint and paracanoeing competitions this week. The day was dedicated to heats.

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