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Invented in Canada, this sport encompasses three events.Sprint canoeing on still water, and white water races including slalom and white water descent.White water races disappeared from the Olympic programme after having been demonstrated at the 1972 Munich games. This discipline returned to the games in 1992 in Barcelona. In the slalom race, the canoeist must negotiate at least 25 gates. In the white water descent, which is not an Olympic event, speed is all-important.In sprint canoeing, competitors adopt what would seem to be an uncomfortable position with one knee on the ground, and the other leg extended.Canoeing events are classified as C1, C2, C4, according to the number of competitors on board. The same applies to kayak events, which are named C1, C2, C4.It is easy to differentiate between a canoe and a kayak. Canoeists use a single bladed paddle, whereas kayakers use a double bladed paddle.
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