Canoe sprint is a flat water discipline of the sport canoe-kayak and the athletes race on canoes or kayaks. In a canoe, the athlete competes on a striding position by using a single bladed paddle whereas a double bladed paddle is used in kayaks and the athlete competes in a sitting position. Canoe Sprint is governed by the International Canoe Federation whereas the national organizations are United States Canoe Association, the British Canoe Union, Australian Canoeing, Croatian Canoe Federation, Singapore Canoe Federation, and the Pakistan Canoe and Kayak Federation.
To cover the distance in the minimum possible time.
There are separate competitions organized for both men as well as women in the following categories:-
|Kayak Men||Kayak Women|
|Super Men||Super Women|
|Canadian Men||Canadian Women|
Furthermore, the classes of men and women are divided on the basis of the boats used i.e. canoe and kayak.
The different classes are therefore as follows:-
|M K1||W K1|
|M K2||W K2|
|M K4||W K4|
|M C1||W C1|
|M C2||W C2|
|M C4||W C4|
The Official Events Recognized By The ICF Are As Follows:
|Men and Women|
|K1, K2, K4, C1, C2, C4||200, 500 and 1000 meters|
|K1, K2, K4, C1, C2||5000 meters|
|MK1, WK1, MC1||200 meter relays|
These are one of the most important layers of canoeing-kayaking clothing which work close to the skin. Its layers trap the heat and help dry moisture away quickly, which helps to keep the paddler warm and balance the body temperature.
The canoe-kayak athletes' clothing are ergonomically cut which allows maximum range of movement to the paddler without rubbing, which is critical while paddling.
Thermal base layers, breathable paddle jackets and trousers are all worn by the paddlers while playing the sport.
Two boats are used in the sport of canoe sprint which is the canoe and the kayak. The difference between the two is of the size of the boat, the type of paddle used i.e. single or double paddled and the posture of the athlete.
The ICF recognized races take place on the straight courses at the distances of 200m, 500m, 1000m and 5000m in canoe sprint.
|Men and Women|
|K1, K2, K4, C1, C2,C4 and SUP|
The weights are in kg and measurements are in cm.
The International level competitions are supervised by the following:-
(i) When a race is performed on a course that consists of one or more turning points then,
one or more umpires and one recorder must be placed at every turning point from
where they have the best view of the turn.
(ii) The Turning Point Umpire shall adhere that the competitors turn as per the rules.
The recorder’s duty is to make a list of all who have passed the turning point
(iii) Soon after race, the Turning Point Umpire shall report to the Competition Committee
as to who has turned and if any infraction of the rules has taken place.