Know Your Sport - Canoeing

The Tokyo Games mark the first time in Olympic competition that women will compete in canoes, having previously only competed in kayaks.

Published : Jul 07, 2021 13:26 IST

Canoeing is divided between slalom and sprint events, using canoes and kayaks.

In slalom, competitors negotiate a whitewater course by weaving through a series of gates against the clock, with time penalties for mistakes such as touching or missing a gate.

In the sprint events, races are held on a flatwater course over 200, 500 and 1,000 metre distances.

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