Canoe and Kayak races at the Olympic Games are held on flat water with competitors assigned to lanes. There are single, double and four boats. The kayak boats on the program are identified by the letter “K” while the canoes are prefixed by a “C”, with the following number indicating the number of paddlers. Below is a list of all the events that are currently on the Olympic program. Sprint paddling events have been contested since 1936.
Sprint Paddling Events at the 2021 Tokyo Games
Since the previous Games, there have been changes to the sprint canoe and kayak program, so now there is an equal number of events for men and women, the move part of the Olympics' move towards gender equality. The kayak boats are identified by the letter “K” while the canoes are prefixed by a “C”, with the following number indicating the number of paddlers.
Men's C-1 1000 m
Men's C-2 1000 m
Men's K-1 200 m
Men's K-1 1000 m
Men's K-2 1000 m
Men's K-4 500 m
Women's C-1 200 m
Women's C-2 500 m
Women's K-1 200 m
Women's K-1 500 m
Women's K-2 500 m
Women's K-4 500 m
- Canoe and Kayak at the Olympic Games
- List of Olympic Sports
- See more on the Greatest Paddlers at the Olympics.
- More about the sports of Canoeing and Kayaking
- About sprint kayak and sprint canoe sports.