The Olympic program includes five men’s kayak events, three men’s canoe events and four women’s kayak events:
Men’s K-1 200m Men’s C-1 200m Women’s K-1 200m
Men’s K-1 1000m Men’s C-1 1000m Women’s K-1 500m
Men’s K-2 200m Men’s C-2 1000m Women’s K-2 500m
Men’s K-2 1000m Women’s K-4 500m
Men’s K-4 1000m
All events are designated by a letter and number indicating the type of boat (canoe or kayak) and the number of paddlers in the boat as well as the distance to be covered. Each event features eight racing lanes. Depending on the number of entries, there will be preliminary heats, semifinals and finals. The A final ranks the first eight places and the B final determines places 9 through 16.
Canada’s Olympic History (Pre-Rio 2016)
Canadian paddlers have been winning Olympic medals since the sport made its debut at Berlin 1936 where Frank Amyot won gold in the C-1 1000m and Frank Saker and Harvery Charters won silver in the C-2 10,000m to go with their bronze in the C-2 1000m. After a pair of medals at London 1948 and one at Helsinki 1952, it would be another 24 years before a Canadian paddler stood on an Olympic podium, when John Wood won C-1 500m silver on home waters at Montreal 1976.
Canada’s biggest medal haul came at Los Angeles 1984 where six medals were won, including two gold, from Larry Cain in the C-1 500m and Alwyn Morris and Hugh Fisher in the K-2 1000m. Cain added a silver in the C-1 1000m while Morris and Fisher also won bronze in the K-2 500m. These were also the first Games at which Canadian women won kayak medals, taking silver in the K-2 500m and bronze in the K-4 500m.
Caroline Brunet took up the mantle for the Canadian women by winning three straight medals in the K-1 500m at Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, and Athens 2004. It was at those latter Games that Adam van Koeverden won the first of his four Olympic medals, taking gold in the K-1 500m and bronze in the K-1 1000m. He added a pair of silvers at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
It was also at London 2012 that Mark Oldershaw won bronze in the C-1 1000m, the third medal in four Games for Canada in the event (following Steve Giles at Sydney 2000 and Thomas Hall at Beijing 2008), but the first Olympic medal for the Oldershaw family, of which Mark was the fifth member and third generation to compete. Mark de Jonge added a bronze in the Olympic debut of the K-1 200m.
|C-1 1000m - Men||Frank Amyot||Gold||1936 Berlin|
|C-1 500m - Men||Larry Cain||Gold||1984 Los Angeles|
|K-2 1000m - Men||Alwyn Morris, Hugh Fisher||Gold||1984 Los Angeles|
|K-1 500m - Men||Adam van Koeverden||Gold||2004 Athens|
|C-2 10,000m - Men||Frank Saker, Harvey Charters||Silver||1936 Berlin|
|C-1 1000m - Men||Douglas Bennett||Silver||1948 London|
|C-2 10,000m - Men||Donald Hawgood, Kenneth Lane||Silver||1952 Helsinki|
|C-1 500m - Men||John Wood||Silver||1976 Montreal|
|C-1 1000m - Men||Larry Cain||Silver||1984 Los Angeles|
|K-2 500m - Women||Alexandra Barré, Sue Holloway||Silver||1984 Los Angeles|
|K-1 500m - Women||Caroline Brunet||Silver||1996 Atlanta|
|K-1 500m - Women||Caroline Brunet||Silver||2000 Sydney|
|K-1 500m - Men||Adam van Koeverden||Silver||2008 Beijing|
|K-1 1000m - Men||Adam van Koeverden||Silver||2012 London|
|C-2 1000m - Men||Frank Saker, Harvey Charters||Bronze||1936 Berlin|
|C-1 10,000m - Men||Norman Lane||Bronze||1948 London|
|K-2 500m - Men||Alwyn Morris, Hugh Fisher||Bronze||1984 Los Angeles|
|K-4 500m - Women||Alexandra Barré, Barbara Olmsted, Lucie Guay, Sue Holloway||Bronze||1984 Los Angeles|
|C-1 1000m - Men||Steve Giles||Bronze||2000 Sydney|
|K-1 1000m - Men||Adam van Koeverden||Bronze||2004 Athens|
|K-1 500m - Women||Caroline Brunet||Bronze||2004 Athens|
|C-1 1000m - Men||Thomas Hall||Bronze||2008 Beijing|
|C-1 1000m - Men||Mark Oldershaw||Bronze||2012 London|
|K-1 200m - Men||Mark de Jonge||Bronze||2012 London|