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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

President Cup 2024
April 29. - May 5. 2024, Mingachevir, Sugovushan - AZE
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 5. - 8. 2024, Sukoro, Lake Velence, HUN
2025 ECA Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe ...
June 19. - 22. 2025, Račice, CZE
All competitions


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