Australians plot quest for kayak gold

Australia's Mens K4 is aiming for a podium place at the Rio Olympic GamesAustralia’s top sprint kayakers have arrived in Germany for the World Cup in Duisburg. It’s the first major International Canoe Federation (ICF) World Cup competition of the year and marks the beginning of teams’ final preparations for the Olympic Games in Rio in August.

Two more World Cup events will follow, the next on 27-29 May in Racice, the Czech Republic, and the final event in Montemor-o-Velho in Portugal on 3-5 June. Continue reading

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Olympic fears over Rio continue

ioc-docIs Rio going to be a success? Olympic insiders say it’s not guaranteed. 

Despite hopes the organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are going to get their act together and many smiles and handshakes at the official Session of the International Olympic Committee in Sochi today, concerns are still mounting. Continue reading

ICF to drop men’s K2 200m from Olympics

k2-200mThe International Canoe Federation has voted to drop mens K2 (kayak pairs) 200m sprint racing from the Olympic programme to make way for a new women’s canoe event.

Amid what insiders describe as ‘chaotic scenes’, the shock vote at an ICF Board Meeting in Peru in November followed a long and heated debate over how to admit the women’s canoe singles 200m discipline into the Olympic programme. The vote followed a long push by campaigners to achieve greater gender equity in the sport. Continue reading

Row, row, row your, er, canoe

Canoeists everywhere get frustrated when their sport’s described as ‘rowing’.

It seems only yesterday that we were busily collecting entries for ‘hapless sub-editor of the year’ and ‘clueless sports reporter of the Olympic Games’ in which our gallant entrants got to ask Britain’s top kayakers how long they’d been rowing, how much their oars cost and topped their journalistic credentials off with such classic headlines as “Oar-some duo rowing for Gold!!!!!
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Une Histoire D’Equilibre

French three-time Olympic gold medalist Tony Estanguet has published his autobiography. The book, “A story of balance” (or, more accurately, “Une Histoire D’Equilibre”) is an account of his life in canoeing, how he got to the top and how he survived there.

From the early days watching his father Henri and older brother Patrice winning, respectively, world championship titles and an Olympic bronze medal Estanguet tracks his own progress towards success at two Olympic Games (gold in Sydney and Athens), discusses how he felt about disappointment in Beijing (9th place) and how he bounced back to win gold in London. Continue reading