Canoeing: 33 Nations Qualify After World Sprint Championships

Hungary led all nations with 9 qualified boats at the 2015 Canoe Sprint World Championships. A total of 33 nations qualified at least one boat as most of the athlete quotas for canoe sprint were handed out. The top boats from each event qualified their nation to the Olympics with a different number of quotas for each event. The men’s K4 1000m and women’s K4 500m also further stipulate that at least 4 continents are represented in the qualified nations. The world championship was held in Milan, Italy from August 19th to August 23rd 2015.

No nation took over the men’s kayak races as the 15 medals in Olympic events went to 12 different nations. The most successful athlete in Olympic events was Czech Republic’s Josef Dostal who won a silver medal in the men’s K1 1000m and a bronze in the K4 1000m. Canada’s Mark de Jonge and Denmark’s Rene Poulsen won the gold medals in the individual K1 200m and K1 1000m events respectively while Hungary, Germany and Slovakia each won gold in the K2 200m, K2 1000m and K4 1000m events respectively.

In the men’s canoe events Brazil’s Isaquias Queiroz did his nation proud by winning the men’s C2 1000m with Erlon Silva and winning the bronze medal in the men’s C1 200m events. Belarus’ Artsem Kozyr and Germany’s Sebastian Bendel won the gold medals in the C1 200m and C1 1000m events respectively.

For the women’s kayak events it was New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington that showed she is one of the best sprint paddlers by winning both the K1 200m and K1 500m events. Hungary’s women were also impressive as they won medals in three out of the four Olympic events including gold in the K2 500m and overall they qualified to the Olympics in all four events. The Belarus team won the gold medal in K4 500m.

While a single athlete can qualify their nation multiple boats they can only qualify their nation a single athlete quota. For example double gold medalist Lisa Carrington qualified her nation boats in the K1 200m and K1 500m events, however she only qualified New Zealand a single athlete quota while the other athlete quota will be reallocated. In general the reallocated athlete quotas go to the event with the smaller boat or the shorter distance.

For the most part there weren’t too many reallocated spots due to the same athlete winning multiple boat quotas in the men’s events, but the women’s events were another story. An extreme example is Hungary and Poland which won boats in all four events which should give them a total of 8 athletes, but since some athletes competed in multiple events the athlete quotas for both nations ended up being 5.

For the K4 events this was the only opportunity for nations to qualify to the Olympics. For other events nations will get a second opportunity to qualify via the continental qualifiers. An exception is Africa where they will only compete for K1 and canoe boats and not K2 boats due to being the worst performing continent at the world championships.

Boats by Nation

  • Hungary – 9
  • Russia – 8
  • Belarus – 7
  • Poland – 7
  • Serbia – 7
  • Germany – 6
  • France – 5
  • China – 4
  • Czech Republic – 4
  • Portugal – 4
  • Argentina – 3
  • Australia – 3
  • Azerbaijan – 3
  • Denmark – 3
  • Great Britain – 3
  • New Zealand – 3
  • Slovakia – 3
  • Ukraine – 3
  • Brazil – 2
  • Canada – 2
  • Kazakhstan – 2
  • Lithuania – 2
  • Romania – 2
  • Slovenia – 2
  • Spain – 2
  • Bulgaria – 1
  • Cuba – 1
  • Ecuador – 1
  • Moldova – 1
  • South Africa – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Turkey – 1

Athletes by Nation

  • Hungary – 15
  • Russia – 13
  • Belarus – 12
  • Germany – 10
  • Serbia – 10
  • Argentina – 9
  • France – 9
  • Poland – 9
  • Australia – 7
  • Ukraine – 7
  • China – 6
  • Czech Republic – 6
  • Great Britain – 6
  • Portugal – 6
  • Romania – 6
  • Denmark – 5
  • Kazakhstan – 5
  • New Zealand – 5
  • Slovakia – 5
  • Spain – 5
  • Azerbaijan – 2
  • Brazil – 2
  • Canada – 2
  • Lithuania – 2
  • Bulgaria – 1
  • Cuba – 1
  • Ecuador – 1
  • Moldova – 1
  • Slovenia – 1
  • South Africa – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Turkey – 1

Qualified Boats by Event

* Reallocation Quotas

Men’s K1 200m

  • Canada
  • France
  • Sweden
  • Lithuania
  • Russia
  • Ecuador
  • Poland
  • Czech Republic
  • Argentina*
  • Serbia*

Men’s K1 1000m

  • Denmark
  • Czech Republic
  • Portugal
  • Germany
  • Belarus
  • Australia
  • Bulgaria
  • Slovakia*
  • Serbia*

Men’s K2 200m

  • Hungary
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • Germany

Men’s K2 1000m

  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Belarus
  • France

Men’s K4 1000m

  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Czech Republic
  • Australia
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Romania
  • Belarus
  • Kazakhstan
  • Argentina
  • Russia*

Men’s C1 200m

  • Belarus
  • China
  • Brazil
  • Russia
  • Lithuania
  • Azerbaijan
  • Hungary
  • Portugal*

Men’s C1 1000m

  • Germany
  • Czech Republic
  • Moldova
  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Poland
  • Hungary

Men’s C2 1000m

  • Brazil
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Belarus

Women’s K1 200m

  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Azerbaijan
  • Cuba
  • Russia
  • France
  • Kazakhstan
  • Hungary*
  • Serbia*
  • Slovenia*
  • Turkey*

Women’s K1 500m

  • New Zealand
  • Hungary
  • China
  • Poland
  • Azerbaijan
  • Slovenia
  • Belarus
  • Great Britain*
  • Portugal*
  • South Africa*
  • Canada*

Women’s K2 500m

  • Hungary
  • Serbia
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • China
  • Denmark*
  • Romania*

Women’s K4 500m

  • Belarus
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Great Britain
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine
  • New Zealand
  • China
  • Argentina
  • Denmark*
  • France*

References

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