Canoe

First becoming an Olympic sport in 1936, canoeing has split into two categories, each of which requires a different set of skills.

Slalom

In canoe slalom, the event is a timed run on a course featuring whitewater rapids that contains around 20 gates made of two hanging poles. The gates need to be passed through without touching or missing them, as touching one would cost a paddler a two-second penalty and missing one would incur a 50-second penalty. The athletes compete in either a covered canoe where they paddle from their knees with their legs tucked underneath them. In the kayak, the athletes sit with their feet stretched out in front of them. With the course requiring athletes to make quick turns, the boats are small and light to allow them to better maneuver through the fast-flowing water.

Canoe slalom will take place from July 25 to 30.

Venue and access information

Canoe Slalom will take place at the 7,500-seat Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre, the first man-made course in Japan, located right next to Kasai Rinaki Park. The venue is about 12 minutes from Kasairinkaikoen Station and Kasairinkaikoen Ekimae bus stop from Kasai and Ichinoe stations.

Sprint

In canoe sprints, two types of boats — canoes and kayaks — are raced over distances ranging from 200, 500 and 1,000 meters and the athletes participate as singles, pairs and fours for the kayak 500-meter race. In single canoe sprints, the athletes can only paddle on one side of the canoe from a kneeling position with a single-bladed paddle, while doubles sees the one person paddling on each side of the canoe. Kayaks can be steered by pedals that control a rudder, while canoes need to be steered with the paddles.

Kayakers use two-bladed paddles from a sitting position and there are events for singles, doubles and teams of four over the same distances as canoes.

Canoe sprint will take place from Aug. 2 to 7.

Venue and access information

Canoe sprint will take place at the Sea Forest Waterway, a new area of reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay that has a capacity of 12,800. The venue is about 20 minutes from the Kankyokyoku-chubo-godochoshaMae on the Toei Bus Nami No. 1 that runs past Telecom Center Station on the Yurikamome Line, Tokyo’s first fully automated train that runs between Shimbashi and Toyosu via Odaiba, a large man-made island in Tokyo Bay that features a mix of commercial, residential and leisure properties.


Slalom
Jul 25 | 13:00-16:45
Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre
Men’s Canoe (C1) Heats
Women’s Kayak (K1) Heats

Jul 26 | 14:00-16:45
Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre
Men's Canoe (C1) Semi-final
Men's Canoe (C1) Final
Men's Canoe (C1) Victory Ceremony

Jul 27 | 14:00-17:00
Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre
Women’s Kayak (K1) Semi-final
Women’s Kayak (K1) Final
Women’s Kayak (K1) Victory Ceremony

Jul 28 | 13:00-16:45
Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre
Women’s Canoe (C1) Heats
Men’s Kayak (K1) Heats

Jul 29 | 14:00-16:45
Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre
Women’s Canoe (C1) Semi-final
Women’s Canoe (C1) Final
Women’s Canoe (C1) Victory Ceremony

Jul 30 | 14:00-17:00
Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre
Men’s Kayak (K1) Semi-final
Men’s Kayak (K1) Final
Men’s Kayak (K1) Victory Ceremony

Sprint
Aug 2 | 9:30-13:00
Sea Forest Waterway
Women's Kayak Single 200m Heats
Men's Canoe Double 1000m Heats
Men's Kayak Single 1000m Heats
Women's Kayak Double 500m Heats
Women's Kayak Single 200m Quarterfinals
Men's Canoe Double 1000m Quarterfinals
Men's Kayak Single 1000m Quarterfinals
Women's Kayak Double 500m Quarterfinals

Aug 3 | 9:30-13:15
Sea Forest Waterway
Women's Kayak Single 200m Semifinals
Men's Canoe Double 1000m Semifinals
Men's Kayak Single 1000m Semifinals
Women's Kayak Double 500m Semifinals
Women's Kayak Single 200m Finals
Men's Canoe Double 1000m Finals
Women's Kayak Single 200m Victory Ceremony
Men's Kayak Single 1000m Finals
Men's Canoe Double 1000m Victory Ceremony
Women's Kayak Double 500m Finals
Men's Kayak Single 1000m Victory Ceremony
Women's Kayak Double 500m Victory Ceremony

Aug 4 | 9:30-12:40
Sea Forest Waterway
Men's Kayak Single 200m Heats
Women's Canoe Single 200m Heats
Women's Kayak Single 500m Heats
Men's Kayak Double 1000m Heats
Men's Kayak Single 200m Quarterfinals
Women's Canoe Single 200m Quarterfinals
Women's Kayak Single 500m Quarterfinals
Men's Kayak Double 1000m Quarterfinals

Aug 5 | 9:30-13:05
Sea Forest Waterway
Men's Kayak Single 200m Semifinals
Women's Canoe Single 200m Semifinals
Women's Kayak Single 500m Semifinals
Men's Kayak Double 1000m Semifinals
Men's Kayak Single 200m Finals
Women's Canoe Single 200m Finals
Men's Kayak Single 200m Victory Ceremony
Women's Kayak Single 500m Finals
Women's Canoe Single 200m Victory Ceremony
Men's Kayak Double 1000m Finals
Women's Kayak Single 500m Victory Ceremony
Men's Kayak Double 1000m Victory Ceremony

Aug 6 | 9:30-11:40
Sea Forest Waterway
Women's Canoe Double 500m Heats
Men's Canoe Single 1000m Heats
Women's Kayak Four 500m Heats
Men's Kayak Four 500m Heats
Women's Canoe Double 500m Quarterfinals
Men's Canoe Single 1000m Quarterfinals

Aug 7 | 9:30-12:50
Sea Forest Waterway
Women's Canoe Double 500m Semifinals
Men's Canoe Single 1000m Semifinals
Women's Kayak Four 500m Semifinals
Men's Kayak Four 500m Semifinals
Women's Canoe Double 500m Finals
Men's Canoe Single 1000m Finals
Women's Canoe Double 500m Victory Ceremony
Women's Kayak Four 500m Final
Men's Canoe Single 1000m Victory Ceremony
Men's Kayak Four 500m Final
Women's Kayak Four 500m Victory Ceremony
Men's Kayak Four 500m Victory Ceremony

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