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Factbox on canoeing

Canoeing evolved from the Canadian Indian birch-back canoe, and kayaking from the Inuit sealskin kayak.

There are now many variations of classic canoeing, including freestyle kayaking rodeo, wildwater racing and canoe polo.
There are now many variations of classic canoeing, including freestyle kayaking rodeo, wildwater racing and canoe polo.

Canoeing evolved from the Canadian Indian birch-back canoe, and kayaking from the Inuit sealskin kayak. In the 19th century, the Scottish lawyer John MacGregor built crafts for European rivers and lakes modelled on the ancient kayak. He founded the Royal Canoe Club in 1866 and organised the first competition. There are now many variations of classic canoeing, including freestyle kayaking rodeo, wildwater racing and canoe polo. Only canoe and kayak flatwater racing, and canoe and kayak slalom racing are represented at the Olympic games where they first featured in 1936.

There are 12 flatwater events, including three for women, with a total of 246 athletes. There are four slalom events, including one for women, with a total of 82 athletes.

Men: canoe slalom single and double; 500m canoe single and double; 1,000m canoe single and double; kayak slalom single; 500m kayak single and double; 1,000m kayak single, double and fours. Women: Kayak slalom single; 500m kayak single, double and fours. Men C1 slalom single: Tony Estanguet (France) C1 500 metres: Andreas Dittmer (Germany) C1 1,000 metres: David Cal (Spain) C2 slalom double: Pavol Hochschorner/Peter Hochschorner (Slovakia) C2 500 metres: Guanliang Meng/Wenjun Yang (China) C2 1,000 metres: Christian Gille/Tomasz Wylenzek (Germany) K1 kayak single: Benoit Peschier (France)

Men C1 slalom single: Tony Estanguet (France) C1 500 metres: Andreas Dittmer (Germany) C1 1,000 metres: David Cal (Spain) C2 slalom double: Pavol Hochschorner/Peter Hochschorner (Slovakia) C2 500 metres: Guanliang Meng/Wenjun Yang (China) C2 1,000 metres: Christian Gille/Tomasz Wylenzek (Germany) K1 kayak single: Benoit Peschier (France) K1 500 metres: Adam van Koeverden (Canada) K1 1,000 metres: Eirik Veraas Larsen (Norway) K2 500 metres: Ronald Rauhe/Tim Wieskoetter (Germany) K2 1,000 metres: Markus Oscarsson/Henrik Nilsson (Sweden) K4 1,000 metres: Hungary Women K1 kayak single: Elena Kaliska (Slovakia) K1 500 metres: Natasa Janics (Hungary) K2 500 metres: Katalin Kovacs/Natasa Janics (Hungary) K4 500 metres: Germany

Aug. 12 ? Slalom ? Men's C1 single, K1 single Aug. 14 ? Slalom ? Men's C2 double, women's K1 single Aug. 22 ? Flatwater ? Men's K1 1,000, men's C1 1,000, women's K4 500, men's K2 1,000, men's C2 1,000, men's K4 1,000 Aug. 23 ? Flatwater ? Men's K1 500, men's C1 500, women's K1 500, men's K2 500, men's C2 500, women's K2 500

Shunyi Olympic rowing/canoeing park *Reuters