Little in sport matches Canoe Sprint for its sheer lung-bursting, muscle-burning effort. With a flat stretch of water in front of you, and no turns or obstacles to distract, the race to the finishing line remains one of sport’s fastest, most exciting and most demanding challenges.
Three distances: Canoe Sprint is held on calm water over three distances: 200m, 500m and 1000m. The winning boat is the first to cross the finish line.
Different boat types: There are two boat types, Kayaks (K) and Canoes (C). In a Kayak, the paddler is seated and uses a two-blade paddle. In a Canoe, the paddler is kneeling on one knee, and uses a single-blade paddle.
Different disciplines: The boat categories are indicated by the type of boat and number of paddlers in the boat. There are Kayak events in single (K1), double (K2) and quadruple (K4) and Canoe events in single (C1), double (C2) and quadruple (C4).
For men and women: Traditionally Canoe has been exclusively for Men but there is a growing Women’s contingent particularly in Women’s C1 and C2.
The programme for Tokyo 2020 will consist of 12 events, six for men and six for women. The events will be Men's K1 200m, K4 500m, K1 1000m, K2 1000m, C1 1000m, C2 1000m and Women's K1 200m, K1 500m, K2 500m, K4 500m, C1 200m, C2 500m.
Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe athletes selected onto the British Canoeing World Class Programme for 2022
Subject to appeals and subject to final acceptance by UK Sport, British Canoeing has nominated 26 athletes to the UK Sport Lottery funded World Class Programmes (WCP) in Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe as it builds towards the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and beyond.
Team gold on first day of Canoe Slalom World Championships
The British Women’s K1 team stormed to team gold to retain their world title from 2019 on day one of the World Championships in Bratislava.