Canoeing: Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021
Canoeing: Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021
Canoeing made its debut at the Olympic Games in 1936 with 9 sprint events only for men. Women's sprint events began the following Games in 1948. Sprint remained the sole Canoe event before slalom made its way to the Olympic Games in 1972. Later, it reemerged as a staple at the Barcelona 1992 Games and remains an integral part of the Olympics.
Germany is the most decorated country in Olympic Canoeing with a whopping 70 medals (Gold 32, Silver 18, Bronze 20). Birgit Fischer, who claimed a whopping 12 (8 Gold, 4 Silver) of these medals, is the most successful paddler in Olympic history.
Canoeing at Tokyo Olympics 2020
Though the number of events remains the same as Rio 2016, Canoeing will see event changes for the Tokyo Olympics. The men's canoe double (C-2) will make way for the women's canoe single (C-1) in Slalom. For the sprint events, the men's K-2 200m and the men's C 1 200 m will make way for the women's C-1 200 m and the women's C-2 500 m.
Top athletes in Canoe at the Tokyo Olympics
In Slalom, three paddlers from the USA have qualified for the Olympics. They are Zachary Lokken, Michal Smolen (both in Men's Slalom and Evy Leibfarth (Women's Slalom). Slalom events' big names will include the likes of Jessica Fox, David Llorente, Luuka Jones, Mallory Franklin, and Jiri Prskavec.
In the Sprint, Team USA's sole hope will be Nevin Harrison. She will compete in the women's C-1 event.
Lisa Carrington will be a name to watch out for in the K-1 200m and the K-1 500m. Her closest challenger on paper will be Danuta Kozák. However, anything can happen at the Olympics and surprises could be on offer. In the men's Sprint events, watch out for Josef Dostal, Liam Heath, and Sebastian Brendel.
Types of Canoeing at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021
There are two types of Canoeing namely Sprint and Slalom. While the former takes place on still water, the latter takes place on a white water rapids course.
All Canoeing events in Slalom will be in single-seater Canoes and Kayaks. There will be no Quarter-Finals with each event starting with the heats (each paddler gets two rounds with the fastest time being considered) and progressing to the Semi-Final (top 20 in Kayak and 15 in Canoe) and then the Final (top 10).
Slalom events are individual and do not feature head-to-head competition akin to the sprint races. Instead, an athlete must navigate the vessel through gates either down or upstream with penalty points being awarded for touching the frames or finishing outside the time limit. These points (in the form of seconds) are added to the final time.
In the Sprint events, proceedings will kick off from the heats with the teams/ individuals advancing to the quarter-final stage before the semi-final and the final. However, in the men's and women's K-4 500 m the teams will advance from the heats to the semi-finals.
Schedule for Canoeing at Tokyo Olympics 2020
Canoe Slalom events (Men's C-1, Women's K-1) will kick off the Canoeing program at the Olympics from July 25. It will end with four sprint event semi-finals and finals (Men's C-1 1000 m, Women's C-2 500 m, Men's and Women's K-4 500 m events) on August 7.
|Men’s C1 1000m||August 6||August 6||August 7||August 7|
|Men’s C-2 1000m||August 2||August 2||August 3||August 3|
|Men’s K-1 200 m||August 4||August 4||August 5||August 5|
|Men’s K-1 1000m||August 2||August 2||August 3||August 3|
|Men’s K-2 1000m||August 4||August 4||August 5||August 5|
|Men’s K-4 500m||August 6||-||August 7||August 7|
|Women’s C-1 200 m||August 4||August 4||August 5||August 5|
|Women’s C-2 500m||August 6||August 6||August 7||August 7|
|Women’s K-1 200 m||August 2||August 2||August 3||August 3|
|Women’s K-1 500 m||August 4||August 4||August 5||August 5|
|Women’s K-2 500m||August 2||August 2||August 3||August 3|
|Women’s K-4 500m||August 6||-||August 7||August 7|
|Men’s C-1||July 25||July 26||July 26|
|Women’s C-1||July 28||July 30||July 30|
|Men’s K-1||July 28||July 29||July 29|
|Women’s K-1||July 25||July 27||July 27|
Venue for Canoeing at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021
Canoeing at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021 will take place at two separate venues. The sprint will take place at Sea Forest Waterway (also the venue for Rowing) and the Slalom will take place at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Course.
|Venue||Sea Forest Waterway, Kasai Canoe Slalom Course|
|Date||July 25- August 7|
|Channel||Peacock TV (US), BBC iPlayer (UK), Eurosport Player (Europe), TSN (Canada), Channel 7 (Australia), Sony LIV (India)|
|Total Players competing in Canoeing at the Tokyo Olympics||331|
|Most medals in the sport||Germany 70 (Gold 32, Silver 18, Bronze 20)|