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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 in single boats.

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.


ECA Competitions2017

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Top canoe sprint names deliver it again
The 2017 ECA Canoe Sprint European Championships and the 2017 ECA Paracanoeing European Championships have concluded with 500 and 200 metres events and altogether 17 A finals which brought much excitement to the spectators in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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Familiar faces on the podium of the 2017 ECA Canoe Sprint European Championships

The first medals of the 2017 ECA Canoe Sprint European Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, are awarded. In the 1000 metres finals we saw many medallists who have been on the podium in the previous editions of the European Championships. Sebastian Brendel won once more in men’s C1 1000 metres final, Fernando Pimenta defended his K1M 1000 metres champion title from Moscow, Hungary was again at the top in women’s K4 500 metres final … 

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Favourites safely through to the finals of the 2017 ECA Canoe Sprint European Championships

Day one of the 2017 ECA Canoe Sprint European Championships and ECA Paracanoeing European Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, gave us the names of the first finalists who will fight for the medals tomorrow at 1000 metres distance and in three 500 metres A finals.

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