Canoe/Kayak


Angus Thompson in action © Canoeing Australia

Canoe/Kayak is a test of strength, speed and power. At the Youth Olympics there are eight Canoe/Kayak events which are very different to the Olympic format. The Olympic Sprint discipline is altered to a Head-to-Head Sprint format, while Slalom becomes Obstacle Slalom. Athletes are obliged to compete in two events in the same category.

In the Sprint races (C1 and K1), athletes paddle on a 420m circuit and compete against each other in a head-to-head race on a figure of eight course.

For the Obstacle event (C1 and K1), athletes compete on a calm water surface and not on a natural river or artificial slalom course. However, they still need to demonstrate the skills of a Slalom athlete by manoeuvring around gates and completing an Eskimo-roll.

Jessica Fox won a gold medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in the K1 Obstacle Canoe Slalom. She previously won Slalom gold at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. Having used these events as a stepping stone to major international competition, 18-year-old Fox went on to take home the K1 silver medal at the 2012 London Games.

Flatwater (now Sprint) canoeing made its debut as a full Olympic sport in Berlin in 1936 and female paddlers first competed at London 1948. Slalom events did not appear until Munich in 1972 and then promptly disappeared for another twenty years until Barcelona 1992, where it was held on a specially built artificial course. It has been on the program ever since and continues to be one of the spectacles of the Games.


Venue

Nanjing Rowing-Canoeing School

Competition Dates

23 – 24 August, 26 – 27 August 2014

Competition Format and Events

K1 Head-to-Head Kayak Sprint: Men & Women
C1 Head-to-Head Canoe Sprint: Men & Women
K1 Obstacle Kayak Slalom: Men & Women
C1 Obstacle Canoe Slalom: Men & Women

  • Head-to-Head events

There are two Head-to-Head events for men and women- one contested in a kayak (K1) and one contested in a canoe (C1). The Head-to-Head is an individual event on a circuit of approximately 420m.

The two athletes start at the same time on opposite sides of the course. Athletes will have paddle on a “figure of eight” race course, executing a left turn and a right turn. The sequence depends on which side they started with, and features a straight path in the middle. They will end on the opposite side where they started.

The athlete who reaches the finish line first is the winner and progresses to the next round. The losers in the 1st round will participate in the repechage in order to have one more chance to stay in the competition. In subsequent rounds the losers will be eliminated.

The competition continues until the last pair will compete for the gold medal.

  • Obstacle events

There are two Obstacle events for men and women- one contested in a kayak (K1) and one contested in a canoe (C1). The Obstacle is an individual event on two parallel courses, of approximately 180m in length.

Two athletes start at the same time, on two separate adjacent courses. Athletes drop from a ramp and paddle forward negotiating buoys 1 to 4 in the required direction. Athletes must then complete an Eskimo-roll before paddling forward and negotiating buoys 5 to 8.

The athlete who reaches the finish line first is the winner and progresses to the next round.

The competition continues until the last pair will compete for the gold medal.

Age Group

Born between 1 January 1997 and 31 December 1998 (ages 16 to 17)

Competitors

64 Competitors (maximum 4 athletes per nation - 2 men and 2 women)

Medals

8 gold, 8 silver, 8 bronze medals

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Competition Schedule


Day 7: Sat 23 Aug
09:00 – 11:00 K1 Head to head sprint - Men Heats, Men Qualifications
15:00 – 18:00 K1 Head to head sprint - Men Repechage, Last 16, Quarterfinal

Day 8: Sun 24 Aug
15:00 – 18:00 K1 Head to head sprint - Men Semi-finals, Men Finals

Day 10: Tues 26 Aug
09:00 – 11:40 K1 Obstacle slalom - Men Qualifications
15:00 – 18:00 K1 Obstacle slalom - Men Repechage, Last 16, Quarterfinal

Day 11: Wed 27 Aug
15:00 – 18:00 K1 Obstacle slalom - Men Semi-finals, Men Final

*Times are in local Nanjing time (CST). Australian EST is 2 hours ahead of the times above (ie 1pm CST = 3pm EST). This schedule highlights events Australians are likely to be competing in.

AUS Canoe Athletes


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