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Canoe / Kayak Sprint - Women K4 500m - Canada
Canoe / Kayak Sprint - Men K4 1000m - Brazil
Canoe / Kayak Sprint - Men K4 1000m - Argentina
Michelle Russell - Canoe / Kayak Sprint - Women K1 500m - Canada
Mark De Jonge - Canoe / Kayak Sprint - Men K1 200m - Canada
Reinier Torres - Jorge Garcia - Canoe / Kayak Sprint - Men K2 1000m - Cuba
Over distances of 200, 500 and 1,000 metres, paddlers in both the canoe and kayak sprint events endure one of the most intense and gruelling sports as boats slice through the glassy water with every stroke.
Men’s canoe/kayak – sprint has been a part of the Olympic program since 1936, and since 1948 for women’s kayak. Canoe/kayak has been a full Pan Am sport since the 1987 Games in Indianapolis.
Adam van Koeverden is one of Canada’s most successful kayak – sprint athletes with four Olympic medals and eight World Championships medals to his name. Definitely someone to watch in 2015, van Koeverden is itching to compete at home and lead a strong Canadian contingent that is expected to include his training partner and fellow Olympic medallist, Mark Oldershaw.
Women will make history at the TORONTO 2015 Games participating in the first women’s canoe C-1 200 sprint event. Canada’s Laurence Vincent-Lapointe is the current canoe – sprint world champion and is looking to win a historic gold medal.
Canoe/kayak – sprint has been at the summer Olympic Games since 1936 in Berlin, and has been a Pan American Games sport since the 1987 Games in Indianapolis.
Canoe – sprint features both singles (C1) and doubles (C2) events. Athletes paddle on only one side of the boat, and when paddling in a C1 (single) event, must use a steering “J” stroke to keep the boat straight. Kayakers paddle on both sides of the boat. The kayak has a rudder for steering, which is connected by cables to a steering control manipulated by the athlete’s feet.
The “K” in K1, K2 and K4 refers to “kayak”; the “C” in C1 and C2 refers to “canoe,” but originally stood for “Canadian.”
How it works
Paddling from a kneeling position, these head-to-head races are contested on straight, flatwater courses over three distances: 200, 500 and 1,000 metres. First across the line wins.
The canoe sprint features both singles and doubles events.
Paddling from a seated position, these head-to-head races are contested on straight, flatwater courses over three distances: 200, 500 and 1,000 metres.
Kayak sprint features singles, doubles and four-person events. K-4 (four-person) boats can reach speeds fast enough to pull a water skier.
The wide part of the paddle that passes through the water.
The front end of the boat.
The back end of the boat.
The number of paddle strokes per minute.
The enclosed space where the paddler sits.
A cover worn by paddlers that seals them in the boat and prevents water from entering.