From Monday 2 to Saturday 7 August. Sea Forest Waterway, 12,800 spectators. Installation built in the same bay of Tokyo, very close to the center. The competition, then, is on salt water, which increases buoyancy. The facility will be maintained after the Games for canoeing and rowing competitions.
Canoeing in the sprint or calm water mode is a race. The boat that passes the finish line first is the champion. Unlike in rowing, you paddle forward, looking at the goal. The races take place in a flat watercourse nine meters wide. At the start, the canoes line up held by a stocks and all leave together when the traffic lights start. The minimum distance is 200 meters and the maximum is 1,000.
The competition system is based on series, semi-finals and finals. The first eight of the semifinals go to the final A, which distributes the medals. From the ninth to the 16th, to the final B.
Two types of boats are used, canoe (C) and kayak (K).
–Canoe: the canoeist is on his knees and uses a single blade paddle.
–Kayak: the canoeist competes seated with a double blade paddle and moves a rudder with his feet.
Each country can carry a maximum of six paddlers in kayak and with these they can participate in all the tests they want, being able to double. For example, canoeists from K2 or K4 can also do K1.
K4 boats are the ones that measure the potential of a country. They are the queen tests. And in K4 500 there will be a stellar duel in the final on Saturday, August 7. Germany presents a quartet with Rendchmidt, Liebscher, Rauhe and Lemke (three Olympic and one world champions) that have won the last three World Cups. But Spain, also with Olympic and world champions (Craviotto, Cooper, Arévalo and Germade), has been runner-up after them in the championships and reducing the distance.
Medal table (Top 20)
Germany, with 81 medals, and Hungary, with 80, are playing supremacy in canoeing. For the Magyars it is almost their national sport. The Germans won three of the six men’s events in Rio and the Hungarians three out of four.
The German (32 years old) won gold in London 2012 and Rio 2016 in C1 1,000, and from Brazil he also brought another one in C2 1,000. In addition, he sports 12 world golds at different distances. Its engine is both gasoline and diesel, capable of winning in the last Szeged World Cups in 500 and 5,000. She has the challenge of a third consecutive gold, something that only the Swede Gert Fredick (K1 1,000) and the German Birgit Fischer (K4 500) have achieved.
The 27-year-old Brazilian is a product of the sadly late Suso Morlán, the coach who led David Cal to five Olympic medals. Suso trained Brazil for their Games and Queiroz achieved two silvers (C1 1,000 and C2 1,000) and a bronze (C1 200). He is the current C1 1,000 world champion and a shoveling spectacle.
The New Zealander (32 years old) seems to have no rival in the short distances. In the last World Cup, she took almost two seconds to the runners-up of 200 and 500. Double Olympic champion in K1 200 (London and Rio), in Tokyo she will have two opportunities to climb to the top (200 and 500). Unbeaten in World Cups since 2011.
The German (she competed with the GDR in 1980 and 1988) has 12 medals, with the handicap of not going to Los Angeles 1984 due to the boycott of the Eastern countries. It shows off metals in all kayak modalities: K1, K2 and K4. In Athens 2004 he finished his career when he was 42 years old.