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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

2018 ECA Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe ...
June 8. - 10. 2018, Belgrade, SRB
XVIII Mediterranean Games 2018 - ...
June 28. - 29. 2018, Tarragona, ESP
2018 ECA Junior&U23 Canoe Sprint ...
June 28. - July 1. 2018, Auronzo, ITA
2018 European Universities Games
July 21. - 23. 2018, Coimbra, POR
FISU World University Championships ...
August 10. - 12. 2018, Szolnok, HUN
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

European canoe sprinters opened World Cup series with excellent results
European canoe sprinters opened World Cup series with excellent results

Hungarian canoe sprint capital Szeged hosted the first World Cup race of the season this weekend. Europe remains the strongest canoe sprint as well as paracanoeing continent. In 27 canoe sprint A finals and paracanoeing finals that were held over the four competition days European paddlers won most of the medals. The most successful nation of the weekend was Hungary whose athletes had loud support from the stands. Hungary concluded the World Cup event with four gold, eight silver and twelve bronze medals. Spain also won four gold medals and in addition to this also two silver and two bronze medals. The top three nations of the weekend in terms of medals won by their athletes rounds up New Zealand with four gold medals and one silver medal.   

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30 nations are ready to paddle and “fight” in Auronzo di Cadore
30 nations are ready to paddle and “fight” in Auronzo di Cadore

Auronzo di Cadore is ready to host the 2018 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships from June 26th to July 1st. More than 1300 people are expected to arrive in Lake Santa Caterina to represent 28 countries in the under 23 category, and 26 nations among the juniors.

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Spain announces women’s K4 500 metres crew
Spain announces women’s K4 500 metres crew

Royal Spanish Canoe Federation (RFEP) announced the names of women's K4 500 metres crew that will participate at the 2018 ECA Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe European Championships in Belgrade. Sara Ouzande, Alicia Heredia, Isabel Contreras and Begoña Lazkano are the names of girls who will fight for the top positions in Serbia. The same crew also competed together last year. They finished third at a World Cup race in Szeged, Hungary, and were eighth in the A final of the World Championships in Račice, Czech Republic.

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