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Canoeing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games

2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date Started: August 7, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016
Events: 16

Participants: 331 (219 men and 112 women) from 54 countries
Youngest Participant: MAR Hind Jamili (17 years, 241 days)
Oldest Participant: AUS Martin Marinov (48 years, 300 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): HUN Danuta Kozák and BRA Isaquias Queiroz (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): GER Germany (7 medals)


The slalom canoe events for the 2016 Summer Olympics were held at the newly-constructed [Deodoro Olympic Whitewater Stadium], while the sprint competitions were held at the [Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon], which also hosted the rowing events. The lagoon was a source of concern prior to the Games, due to the presence of pollution, masses of dead fish, and drug-resistant bacteria, but there were no problems reported during the tournament itself. Following the relatively substantial changes to the 2012 program, the 2016 edition remained the same, and the majority of the spots in both disciplines, awarded to the NOCs rather than individual athletes, were based off of the results of the 2015 World Championships. Due to concerns surrounding systematic doping, four Russians, all male Belarusian sprinters, and all Romanian sprinters were banned from Rio.

The slalom canoe medals were distributed widely, with no nation taking more than one gold or two overall. Germany and Hungary, traditionally the strongest nations in sprint canoeing, exchanged places from their ranking in London as Germany took four gold medals (all in men’s events) to Hungary’s three (all in women’s events). Germany also won silver twice behind the Hungarians, leaving them the clear winners of the sprints, as Hungary was otherwise shut out of the podium. The only other nation to earn two sprint titles was Spain, which won the K-1 1000 and the K-2 200, thereby doubling its historic Olympic canoeing title count. Thus for the fourth time in a row, Germany topped the overall canoeing medal table, with more gold (but fewer medals overall) than the last two editions of the Games.

[Isaquias Queiroz] became the first Brazilian to win three medals in one edition of the Olympics by taking silver in the C-1 1000 and C-2 1000 and bronze in the C-1 200 in front of a jubilant home crowd. He was outdone, however, by [Danuta Kozák] of Hungary, who won the K-1, K-2, and K-4 500 events, thus becoming the first canoeist to win three Olympic titles in one edition. Germany had three competitors, [Sebastian Brendel], [Max Rendschmidt], and [Marcus Groß] win two gold medals, while [Gabriella Szabó] shared Kozák’s gold medals in the K-2 and K-4 500. [Liam Heath] of Great Britain took gold in the K-1 200 and silver in the K-2 200, while New Zealand’s [Lisa Carrington] and Spain’s [Saúl Craviotto] took home one gold and one bronze medal each. Finally, [Josef Dostál] of the Czech Republic was runner-up in the K-1 1000 and a bronze medalist in the K-4 1000, while [Franziska Weber] and [Tina Dietze] were runners-up in the K-2 and K-4 500 events. Five nations made their Olympic rowing début in Rio.