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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

No competitions this year in this category


Germany and Hungary remain top canoe sprint, and Great Britain and Russia top paracanoeing forces ...
Germany and Hungary remain top canoe sprint, and Great Britain and Russia top paracanoeing forces ...

An amazing atmosphere, loud cheering of the fans from the stands in the Sport Centre in Račice, Czech Republic, excellent finals and canoe sprint stars that showed their masterhood were the highlights of this year’s Canoe Sprint and Paracanoeing World Championships. The competition gets stronger every year and new names join already established names on the winner’s podiums both in Olympic and non-Olympic events.

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VIDEO – 2017 ECA Canoe Sprint & Paracanoeing European Championships

The 2017 ECA Canoe Sprint and Paracanoeing European Championships was organised in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Watch the video from Plovdiv on Canoe Europe Youtube Channel or below.

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VIDEO – 2017 EYOF Gyor

The 2017 edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) was organised in Győr, Hungary. Watch the videos from Hungary below.

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