The ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships are an international event in canoeing organised by the International Canoe Federation. The World Championships have taken place every year in non-Summer Olympic years since 1970. Prior to November 2008, canoe sprint was known as flatwater racing.
Explanation of events 
Canoe sprint competitions are broken up into Canadian canoe (C), an open canoe with a single-blade paddle, or in kayaks (K), a closed canoe with a double-bladed paddle. Each canoe or kayak can hold one person (1), two people (2), or four people (4). For each of the specific canoes or kayaks, such as a K-1 (kayak single), the competition distances can be 200 metres (660 ft), 500 metres (1,600 ft), 1,000 metres (3,300 ft), or 5,000 metres (16,000 ft) long. When a competition is listed as a C-2 500 m event as an example, it means two people are in a canoe competing at a 500 metres (1,600 ft) distance.
Host cities 
- 1938: Vaxholm, Sweden (near Stockholm)
- 1948: London, Great Britain
- 1950: Copenhagen, Denmark (1)
- 1954: Mâcon, France
- 1958: Prague, Czechoslovakia
- 1963: Jajce, Yugoslavia
- 1966: East Berlin, East Germany
- 1970: Copenhagen, Denmark (2)
- 1971: Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1)
- 1973: Tampere, Finland (1)
- 1974: Mexico City, Mexico (1)
- 1975: Belgrade, Yugoslavia (2)
- 1977: Sofia, Bulgaria
- 1978: Belgrade, Yugoslavia (3)
- 1979: Duisburg, West Germany (1)
- 1981: Nottingham, Great Britain
- 1982: Belgrade, Yugoslavia (4)
- 1983: Tampere, Finland (2)
- 1985: Mechelen, Belgium
- 1986: Montréal, Quebec, Canada
- 1987: Duisburg, West Germany (2)
- 1989: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
- 1990: Poznań, Poland (1)
- 1991: Paris, France
- 1993: Copenhagen, Denmark (3)
- 1994: Mexico City, Mexico (2)
- 1995: Duisburg, Germany (3)
- 1997: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada (1)
- 1998: Szeged, Hungary (1)
- 1999: Idroscalo of Milan, Italy
- 2001: Poznań, Poland (2)
- 2002: Seville, Spain
- 2003: Gainesville, Georgia, United States
- 2005: Zagreb, Croatia
- 2006: Szeged, Hungary (2)
- 2007: Duisburg, Germany (4)
- 2009: Dartmouth, Canada (2)
- 2010: Poznań, Poland (3)
- 2011: Szeged, Hungary (3)
- 2013: Duisburg, Germany (5)
- 2014: Moscow, Russia
Men's Canadian 
Please see List of ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships medalists in men's Canadian.
Men's kayak 
Please see List of ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships medalists in men's kayak.
Women's kayak 
Please see List of ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships medalists in women's kayak. Women's C-1 200 m event for 2010 is included in this section.
Please see List of ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships medalists in paracanoe.
Medals table 
This medal table includes all events except the Paracanoe (formerly paddleability) and the Exhibition events. The current historical medal count of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships as the 2010 championships is as follows:
Therese Zens represented Saar when she won a gold medal in 1954. This is recorded for West Germany in the official tables.