Competition Schedule Canoe Slalom

Over the last week we have examined the four classes in turn, examined basic and advanced slalom technique and considered how to take great pictures. It makes sense therefore now to share what is planned on which days of the canoe slalom at the Lee Valley whitewater centre, situated between Waltham Cross and Waltham Abbey.

The competition starts on Sunday July 29th and finishes on Thursday August 2nd. It will be 5 days of thrilling, tense and exhilarating competition watched either from the spectacular 12,000 sweater stadium or on TV.

Heats: The heats comprise two timed runs down the course to which penalties in seconds will be added. There are 2 seconds for a touch on a gate and 50 seconds for missing or incorrectly negotiating the course. The better of the two timed runs, including penalties are used to rank the paddlers after the heat. Competitors go off at 2 minute and 30 second intervals, so each competitor is expected to finish before the next competitor crosses the start line.

Semi-finals: This is run in reverse order of the heats, with the winner of heat off last from the start. The semi-final comprises one timed run down a new course to which penalties (as above) are added.

Final: This is run in reverse order of the semi-final, with winner of semi-final off last from the start. This is one timed run down the same course as the semi-final to which penalties are added. Fastest time will be London2012 Olympic champion!

Sunday July 29th
First run of the C1 heat start at 1.30pm until 2.18pm. There will be 17 C1 boats in the heats. The boats go off in reverse ICF World Ranking order, meaning Great Britain’s David Florence will be last boat off as he is ranked number 1 by the ICF.

First run of the K1M heat start at 2.24pm until 3.27pm. There will be 22 K1M boats in the heats.

Second run of the C1 heat start at 3.42pm until 4.30pm. The order will be the same as the first run.

Second run of the K1M heat start at 4.36pm until 5.39pm. The order will be the same as the first run.

Monday July 30th
First run of the C2 heat start at 1.30pm until 14.09pm. There will be 14 C2 boats in these heats.

First run of the K1W heat start at 2.12pm until 3.15pm. There will be 21 K1W boats in these heats.

Second run of the C2 heat starts at 3.42pm until 16.21pm. The order will be the same as the first run.

Second run of the K1W heat start at 4.24pm until 5.27pm. The order will be the same as the first run.

Tuesday July 31st
First of the semi-finals with the C1 starting at 1.30pm until 2.06pm. There will be 12 C1 boats in the semi-final going in reverse order of their finish in the heat from Sunday. The winner of the heat will be the last off. The semi-final is made up of one run only.

Final run of the C1 as decider for the Olympic medals, starting at 3.06pm until 3.30pm. There will be only 8 boats remaining for the final comprising one run on the same course as the semi-final. Can ICF World Ranked number 1, David Florence win gold for Great Britain or will it be another showdown between Michal Martikan and Tony Estanguet?

The day concludes ten minutes after the field of play is called clear with the C1 Olympic medal ceremony. Ends 3.50pm.

Wednesday August 1st
Semi-final of K1M starting at 1.30pm until 2.15pm. There will be 15 boats in the semi-final going in reverse order of their finish in the heat from Sunday. The winner of the heat will be the last off. The semi-final is made up of one run only.

Final run of K1M as decider for the Olympic medals. There will be only 10 boats remaining for the final comprising one run on the same course as the semi-final. Can Great Britain add Olympic gold to its K1 Olympic canoe slalom medals?

The day concludes ten minutes after the field of play is called clear with the K1M Olympic medal ceremony. Ends 4.05pm.

Thursday August 2nd
Semi-final of the C2 starting at 1.30pm until 2pm. There will be 10 boats in the semi-final going in reverse order of their finish in the heat from Monday. The winner of the heat is last off. The semi-final is one run only.

Semi-final of the K1W starting at 2.12pm until 2.57pm. There will be 15 K1W boats in the semi-final going in reverse order of their finish in the heat from Monday.

Final run of C2 as decider for the Olympic medals starting at 3.18pm until 3.36pm. There will only be 6 C2 boats remaining for the final. Can Great Britain win Olympic gold or will Pavol & Peter Hochschorner land a historic 4th consecutive Olympic title?

Final run of the K1W as decider for the Olympic medals starting at 3.57pm until 4.26pm. There will only be 10 K1W boats remaining for the final.

The 5 days of Olympic canoe slalom competition concludes with the C2 and K1W medal ceremony after the field of play is called clear. Ends 5pm. We all go home, some happy, some sad and prepare for Rio in 2016!

I recommend consulting the International Canoe Federation (ICF) website for further details.

The exact number of C2s is now 14 following official publication by LOCOG on July 17th

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