Canoe/Kayak - Sprint

Canoe/Kayak - Sprint

Schedule & Results: Catch Up

(Local) / 10:12 AM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's Kayak Four 1000m Final A

Germany (GER)
Slovakia (SVK)
Czech Republic (CZE)

(Local) / 09:47 AM 20 Aug (Rio)
Women's Kayak Four 500m Final A

Hungary (HUN)
Germany (GER)
Belarus (BLR)

(Local) / 09:22 AM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's Canoe Double 1000m Final A

Germany (GER)
Brazil (BRA)
Ukraine (UKR)

(Local) / 09:14 AM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's Canoe Double 1000m Final B

(Local) / 09:07 AM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's Kayak Single 200m Final A

36.426 (8th)

Liam Heath (GBR)
Maxime Beaumont (FRA)
Ronald Rauhe (GER)
Saul Craviotto (ESP)

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Paddling stars set to splash out in Rio

The splash and dash of the canoe/kayak sprint always brings plenty of thrilling races and close finishes. The Rio competition is likely to be no different and just as Australia has in both Beijing and London, the green and gold paddlers will be in search of plenty of medals on the picturesque Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.  

Men to watch:The maximum eight kayakers will represent Australia across the men’s K1, K2 and K4 events at Rio 2016. Combinations will be tested in training camps and World Cup events to decide which boats the seven 1000m athletes will feature in, with London 2012 Olympian Stephen Bird already locked and loaded for the K1 200m event.

London 2012 gold medallist Murray Stewart will line up at his second Games in Rio after some strong results throughout 2015 in both K1 and K4 events. Dual Olympic gold medallist Ken Wallace is set for his third Olympic appearance and looks strong alongside Lachlan Tame in the K2 1000m. The pair winning world championship and world cup medals in 2014 and 2015. Another London K4 gold medallist Jacob Clear will return while under-23 K2 1000m World Champions Jordan Wood and Riley Fitzsimmons will both make their Olympic debut as Australia aim to defend their K4 1000m gold medal in Rio. Daniel Bowker makes his Olympic debut aged 28 and he is keen to help his teammates reach the podium.

Athens 2004 Olympian Martin Marinov will team up with Ferenc Szekszardi in the C2 events in Rio.

Women to watch: Under-23 World Championship bronze medallists Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett will line up in the K2 500m event as they make their Olympic debut in Rio. 

London 2012 Olympian Naomi Flood will represent Australia in the K1 following a challenging selection process that concluded with a race off against her friend and teammate Jo Brigden-Jones. 

Qualification, Nomination & Selection

An NOC can qualify a maximum of 16 athletes and one boat in each event – eight in men’s kayak, four in men’s canoe and six in women’s kayak.

171 quota places will be earned at the 2015 ICF World Championships. This is the only event where K4 teams can qualify for the Rio 2016 Games.  An athlete may only earn one quota spot for their country at the World Championships.

Australia qualified their 13 quota spots (eight kayak men, two canoe men, three kayak women) via the World Championships and Oceania Continental Qualification.

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Nomination to the AOC

Australia has qualified seven men’s kayak sprint quota places through the 2015 World Championships. To be eligible for nomination to the AOC for selection, athletes will be required to compete in at least two Nomination Trials. Where an athlete(s) have won two Nomination Trials in the Men’s K1, Men’s K2 or Men’s K4 1000m events, they will be nominated to the AOC for selection. If less than seven athletes are identified through this process, AC will nominate the next highest ranked athlete in the K1 or K2 1000m events at Nomination Trials 1 or 2. Where athletes are tied, AC will nominate the athlete with the highest ranking from Nomination Trial 2.

Where Australia qualifies an 8th quota place at the 2016 Oceania Championships, AC will nominate the athlete who wins two Nomination Trials in the Men’s K1 200m event to the AOC for selection. 

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Selection by the AOC

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Competition Format & Events

Women's - K1 200m, K1 500m, K2 500m, K4 500m

Men's - K1 200m, K1 1000m, K2 200m, K2 1000m, K4 1000m, C1 200m, C1 1000m, C2 1000m

The “K” represents kayak races where competitors use a double bladed paddle and are seated in the boat. The “C” signifies canoe races where a single bladed paddle is used and athletes sit up on one knee to paddle. The number after the letter reflects how many people are in the boat.

Australia and Olympic Canoe/Kayak - Sprint

Australia first competed in canoe/kayak sprint in Melbourne in 1956 and Dennis Green and Wally Brown won a bronze medal in the now discontinued K2 10,000m event. Clint Robinson broke through for Australia’s first gold medal when he won the K1 1000m in Barcelona 1992. With a bronze medal in the K1 1000m at Atlanta 1996 and a silver medal, with Nathan Baggaley, in the K2 500m at Athens 2004, Robinson is Australia's most-decorated Olympic paddler.

The Australians surged in 2008 and the Beijing Olympic Games produced the nation’s most successful canoe sprint campaign. Ken Wallace’s gold/bronze double was accompanied by a bronze medal performance by Hannah Davis, Lyndsie Fogarty, Chantal Meek and Lisa Russ (Oldenhof) in the K4 500m. The girls won Australia’s first female K4 medal. The Aussies were again on top of the podium at the London 2012 Games when the team of Murray Stewart, David Smith, Tate Smith and Jacob Clear took out the K4 1000m.

Read more about canoe/kayak at the Olympics and Australia’s history here>>>

Search for all Australian Olympian canoe/kayak athletes here>>>

Did you know

  • Birgit Fischer of Germany is by far the most successful canoe/kayak sprint athlete in Olympic competition. She won eight gold and four silver medals across six Olympic Games (Moscow 1980, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 & Athens 2004).

Pre-Rio AUS Tally

3 Gold
5 Silver
11 Bronze


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