LONDON 2012: Olympic Games – Canoe Sprint

Requiring sustained bursts of speed and power, Canoe Sprint at the London 2012 Olympics Games promises to deliver thrilling, down-to-the-wire finishes.

The beautiful setting of of Dorney Lake, acclaimed as one of the finest rowing venues in the world, will host all six days of the competition.

Histories of the canoe and the kayak go back hundreds of years, but it wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that the first official canoe and kayak races were held.

Unlike its younger sibling, the canoe sprint events have been part of the Olympics for more than 75 years.

They simple head-to-head races on still-water courses, with no gates or penalty points in sight.

Team GB’s Tim Brabants is the defending Olympic champion in the men’s kayak over 1000m, but on current form GB’s best gold medal prospect is Ed McKeever in the new kayak 200m event.

The 2010 world champion won back-to-back World Cup golds in May.

Kayak 200m pair Liam Heath & Jon Schofield won silver at last year’s World Championship.

Germany’s Max Hoff is a big threat to Brabants in the kayak 1000m, having won back-to-back world titles and three successive European titles since the Beijing Olympics.

Triple Olympic champion Natasa Douchev-Janics of Hungary took last year off to have a baby girl and has targeted medals in the kayak single, double and possibly four.

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Canoeing first featured as a demonstration sport at the Paris 1924 Games.

It became a full Olympic sport in 1936, when races were held over distances of 1,000m and 10,000m.

Since then, the Olympic events have shortened: the 10,000m events were last held at the Melbourne 1956 Games.

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The format of the Canoe Sprint competition depends on how many boats are competing.  

In events with 10 boats, the competition starts with two heats. The winner of each heat goes straight into the final, with the rest going forward to one semi-final. The best six boats from the semi-final progress to the final. 

Events with 11 to 16 boats start with two heats. 

If there are 11 to 12 boats competing, the winning boat from each heat progresses straight to the A final, with the other boats going forward to the semi-finals. The top three boats from each semi-final progress to the A final, while the others advance to the B final (which ranks boats from nine through to 16).

If there are 13 to 14 boats competing, the first five boats in each heat progress to two semi-finals, while the other boats go to the B final. The top four boats from each semi-final progress to the A final, while the others progress to the B final.

If there are 15 to 16 boats competing, the first six boats in each heat progress to two semi-finals, while the other boats go to the B final. The top four boats from each semi-final progress to the A final, while the others progress to the B final.

Events with 17 to 24 boats start with three heats. The first five boats in each heat plus the boat with the best sixth-placed time progress to two semi-finals, while the other boats are out of the competition. The top four boats from each semi-final progress to the A final, while the others progress to the B final.

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Follow all the action from Canoe Sprint competition on the BBC, with regular daily coverage during BBC One and BBC Three’s daytime programmes in the second week of the Games.

Every session from Eton Dorney will be screened live on one of the 24 dedicated BBC Olympics channels.

BBC TV
Commentators: Andrew Cotter, Helen Reeves
 
BBC Radio
Commentators: Alistair Bruce-Ball, Martin Cross, Anna Hemmings
 
Full list of BBC Olympics TV presenters/commentators – CLICK HERE

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09:30 – Men’s Kayak Single (K1) 1000m – Heats
09:54 – Men’s Canoe Single (C1) 1000m – Heats
10:18 – Men’s Kayak Double (K2) 1000m – Heats
10:39 – Women’s Kayak Four (K4) 500m – Heats
10:58 – Men’s Kayak Single (K1) 1000m – Semi Finals
11:14 – Men’s Canoe Single (C1) 1000m – Semi Finals
11:30 – Men’s Kayak Double (K2) 1000m – Semi Finals
11:51 – Women’s Kayak Four (K4) 500m – Semi Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 9.25am-12.10pm
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09:30 – Men’s Kayak Four (K4) 1000m – Heats
09:46 – Men’s Canoe Double (C2) 1000m – Heats
10:07 – Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 500m – Heats
10:28 – Women’s Kayak Double (K2) 500m – Heats
10:47 – Men’s Kayak Four (K4) 1000m – Semi Finals
10:55 – Men’s Canoe Double (C2) 1000m – Semi Finals
11:16 – Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 500m – Semi Finals
11:30 – Women’s Kayak Double (K2) 500m – Semi Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 9.25am-11.55am
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09:30 – Men’s Kayak Single (K1) 1000m – FINALS
09:48 – Men’s Canoe Single (C1) 1000m – FINALS
10:16 – Men’s Kayak Double (K2) 1000m – FINALS
10:44 – Women’s Kayak Four (K4) 500m – FINALS 
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 9.25am-11.25am
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09:30 – Men’s Canoe Double (C2) 1000m – FINALS
09:48 – Men’s Kayak Four (K4) 1000m – FINALS
10:08 – Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 500m – FINALS
10:35 – Women’s Kayak Double (K2) 500m – FINALS 
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 9.25am-11.25am
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09:30 – Men’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m – Heats
09:51 – Men’s Canoe Single (C1) 200m – Heats
10:12 – Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m – Heats
10:33 – Men’s Kayak Double (K2) 200m – Heats
11:02 – Men’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m – Semi Finals
11:16 – Men’s Canoe Single (C1) 200m – Semi Finals
11:30 – Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m – Semi Finals
11:44 – Men’s Kayak Double (K2) 200m – Semi Finals 
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 9.25am-12.10pm
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09:30 – Men’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m – FINALS
09:47 – Men’s Canoe Single (C1) 200m – FINALS
10:14 – Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m – FINALS
10:41 – Men’s Kayak Double (K2) 200m – FINALS
LIVE BBC Olympics – 9.25am-11.30am
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