Sprint Kayak

Sprint Kayak

Sprint, or Flatwater, racing is one of the oldest Olympic sports. This is where you will find the “Fastest Male and Female Paddler on the Planet”! It is a classic test and combination of speed, explosive power, endurance and balance.  The Sprint discipline utilizes two classes of boats: canoe and kayak.  Each is considered its own sub-discipline.  

See Sprint Canoe for Sprint History and Rules.

Kayak

Sprint Kayak

Kayaking requires the paddler to sit on a seat in a boat that has an almost entirely closed deck, however, there is enough of an opening for the paddler to sit in the kayak, on a seat with knees visible. The aim of a sprint competition is for paddlers to race each other in their respective lanes, over a clearly defined straight and unobstructed buoyed course, in the shortest possible time.  

The Olympic Sprint Program includes singles (K1), doubles (K2) and four-person (K4) kayak events for men and women. "K" stands for Kayak.

Sprint Kayak

Video Women's K1 200  Women's K1 500  Women's K2 500  Women's K4 500

Video Men's K1 200  Men's K1 1000  Men's K2 1000  Men's K4 1000  Men's K2 200

Boat

Kayaks are a maximum of 17 feet long, approximately 11 inches wide with a minimum weight of 12kg (or 25 pounds) for single kayaks. In The closed-in area over the bow and/or stem of a canoe or kayak, intended to shed water and strengthen the gunwales. The kayak has a rudder for steering (using the feet), as opposed to the canoe – which has no rudder. In two and four person kayaks (K2 and K4), the paddler in the first seat controls the steering.

Sprint Kayak

Paddle

Sprint Kayak

The paddler uses a double blade paddle (a blade on both ends of the straight shaft) and propels the boat forward paddling on both sides.