Canoeing at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svgCanoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg

Slalom and sprint pictograms

Olympic rings without rims.svg
Venue Lee Valley White Water Centre (slalom)
Eton Dorney (sprint)
Dates 29 July to 2 August for slalom
6 to 11 August for sprint
Competitors 330
«2008 2016»
Canoeing at the
2012 Summer Olympics
Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg
C-1 men
C-2 men
K-1 men women
Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg
C-1 200 m   men  
C-1 1000 m men
C-2 1000 m men
K-1 200 m men women
K-1 500 m women
K-1 1000 m men
K-2 200 m men
K-2 500 m women
K-2 1000 m men
K-4 500 m women
K-4 1000 m men

The canoeing races at the 2012 Olympic Games in London were contested in two main disciplines: the slalom, from 29 July to 2 August, and the sprint, from 6 to 11 August.[1] The slalom competition was held at the Lee Valley White Water Centre and the sprint events were staged at Eton College Rowing Centre, at Dorney Lake, known as Eton Dorney.

Around 330 athletes took part in 16 events. The men's 500m sprints were replaced by a 200m race; in addition, the men's C-2 500m was replaced by a women's K-1 200m sprint.[2] This was confirmed at an International Canoe Federation board meeting at Windsor, Berkshire, on 5 December 2009.[3] For the first time, women competed in two individual events in sprint canoeing. Because of the changes, the finals were spread over a three-day period instead of the traditional two days which had been in effect since the 1976 Games.[4] The most successful nation in the slalom was France, with two gold medals in the four events, followed by Great Britain with one gold and one silver. In the sprint, Hungary was the most successful with three gold, two silver and one bronze medal, while Germany topped the medal table overall, with three gold, two silver and three bronze medals.


A new qualification system was created for both slalom and sprint canoeing at the 2012 Games. The quotas were set for each event by the International Canoe Federation in July 2010.

Competition schedule[edit]

Eton Dorney, in Buckinghamshire, was the venue for the sprint discipline.
H Heats ½ Semifinals F Final
Event↓/Date → Sun 29 Mon 30 Tue 31 Wed 1 Thu 2
Men's C-1 H ½ F
Men's C-2 H ½ F
Men's K-1 H ½ F
Women's K-1 H ½ F
Event↓/Date → Mon 6 Tue 7 Wed 8 Thu 9 Fri 10 Sat 11
Men's C-1 200 m H ½ F
Men's C-1 1000 m H ½ F
Men's C-2 1000 m H ½ F
Men's K-1 200 m H ½ F
Men's K-1 1000 m H ½ F
Men's K-2 200 m H ½ F
Men's K-2 1000 m H ½ F
Men's K-4 1000 m H ½ F
Women's K-1 200 m H ½ F
Women's K-1 500 m H ½ F
Women's K-2 500 m H ½ F
Women's K-4 500 m H ½ F
Jessica Fox competing at the 2012 Olympics in K1


Overall table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Germany 3 2 3 8
2 Hungary 3 2 1 6
3 Great Britain 2 1 1 4
4 France 2 0 0 2
5 Ukraine 1 2 0 3
6 Australia 1 1 0 2
7 Russia 1 0 2 3
8 Italy 1 0 0 1
New Zealand 1 0 0 1
Norway 1 0 0 1
11 Belarus 0 2 1 3
Spain 0 2 1 3
13 Canada 0 1 2 3
14 Czech Republic 0 1 1 2
15 Lithuania 0 1 0 1
Portugal 0 1 0 1
17 Slovakia 0 0 2 2
18 Poland 0 0 1 1
South Africa 0 0 1 1
Total 16 16 16 48


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's C-1
Tony Estanguet
Sideris Tasiadis
Michal Martikán
Men's C-2
 Great Britain (GBR)
Timothy Baillie
Etienne Stott
 Great Britain (GBR)
David Florence
Richard Hounslow
 Slovakia (SVK)
Pavol Hochschorner
Peter Hochschorner
Men's K-1
Daniele Molmenti
Vavřinec Hradilek
 Czech Republic
Hannes Aigner
Women's K-1
Émilie Fer
Jessica Fox
Maialen Chourraut



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's C-1 200 m
Yuriy Cheban
Jevgenij Shuklin
Ivan Shtyl
Men's C-1 1000 m
Sebastian Brendel
David Cal
Mark Oldershaw
Men's C-2 1000 m
 Germany (GER)
Peter Kretschmer
Kurt Kuschela
 Belarus (BLR)
Andrei Bahdanovich
Aliaksandr Bahdanovich
 Russia (RUS)
Alexey Korovashkov
Ilya Pervukhin
Men's K-1 200 m
Ed McKeever
 Great Britain
Saúl Craviotto
Mark de Jonge
Men's K-1 1000 m
Eirik Verås Larsen
Adam van Koeverden
Max Hoff
Men's K-2 200 m
 Russia (RUS)
Alexander Dyachenko
Yury Postrigay
 Belarus (BLR)
Raman Piatrushenka
Vadzim Makhneu
 Great Britain (GBR)
Liam Heath
Jon Schofield
Men's K-2 1000 m
 Hungary (HUN)
Rudolf Dombi
Roland Kökény
 Portugal (POR)
Fernando Pimenta
Emanuel Silva
 Germany (GER)
Martin Hollstein
Andreas Ihle
Men's K-4 1000 m
 Australia (AUS)
Tate Smith
Dave Smith
Murray Stewart
Jacob Clear
 Hungary (HUN)
Zoltán Kammerer
Dávid Tóth
Tamás Kulifai
Dániel Pauman
 Czech Republic (CZE)
Daniel Havel
Lukáš Trefil
Josef Dostál
Jan Štĕrba
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Women's K-1 200 m
Lisa Carrington
 New Zealand
Inna Osypenko-Radomska
Nataša Dušev-Janić
Women's K-1 500 m
Danuta Kozák
Inna Osypenko-Radomska
Bridgitte Hartley
 South Africa
Women's K-2 500 m
 Germany (GER)
Franziska Weber
Tina Dietze
 Hungary (HUN)
Katalin Kovács
Nataša Dušev-Janić
 Poland (POL)
Beata Mikołajczyk
Karolina Naja
Women's K-4 500 m
 Hungary (HUN)
Gabriella Szabó
Danuta Kozák
Katalin Kovács
Krisztina Fazekas Zur
 Germany (GER)
Carolin Leonhardt
Franziska Weber
Katrin Wagner-Augustin
Tina Dietze
 Belarus (BLR)
Iryna Pamialova
Nadzeya Papok
Volha Khudzenka
Maryna Pautaran


Gallery of some of the gold medalists in the canoeing events:


  1. ^ "Canoeing". 2009. Archived from the original on 3 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Women’s boxing for 2012 and golf and rugby proposed for 2016". 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "The Board of Directors Wrap Up in Windsor". – International Canoe Federation (5 December 2009) – Retrieved 18 December 2009.[dead link]
  4. ^ "ICF announces changes to the Olympic and World Championship Programmes." – International Canoe Federation (18 December 2009) – Retrieved 19 December 2009.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Olympic sport competition schedule". London 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Olympic sport competition schedule". London 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. [dead link]

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