Paracanoeing at the 2016 Summer Paralympics

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Canoe sprint
at the XV Paralympic Games
Canoeing (Sprint), Rio 2016 (Paralympics).png
Venue Lagoa Stadium
Dates 14–15 September 2016
Competitors 104
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Paracanoeing at the 2016 Summer Paralympics, also simply referred to as canoeing, will be held in Rio de Janeiro in September 2016, with a maximum of 60 athletes (30 men, 30 women) competing in six sprint style events. This will be the first appearance for Para-canoe in the Paralympic Games.

Background to inclusion[edit]

In 2009, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) began a programme to make the sport accessible to everyone, with the explicit aim of including it in the Paralympic Games for the first time in Rio. In 2010, 31 countries sent participants to theParacanoe World Championship in Poland. That same year, the sport’s inclusion in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games was approved.

In the Paralympic Games, only kayaks, identified by the letter K, are used, and only flatwater sprint events are held. Each boat is adapted according to the functional abilities of its crew members. Athletes with any type of physical-motor disability may participate in competitions.[2][2]

Classification[edit]

The Olympic and Paralympic versions have similar rules, with the fastest canoeist winning. The competition format features direct classification to the finals and repechage heats to decide which athletes will take part in the final race, in which medals are won.

There are three functional classes: L3, where athletes use their legs, trunk and arms to help paddling; L2, in which athletes use only their trunk and arms; and K1, in which athletes only use their arms. Events are always held along straight line courses marked by buoys, 200 metres long. There are both men’s and women’s races, with events for individuals.[3]

Qualification[edit]

An NPC can be allocated a maximum of one (1) qualification slot per medal event. An NPC can obtain a maximum of three (3) male and three (3) female slots. There must be a minimum of three (3) continents represented in each medal event at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Qualification slots will be allocated as follows:

Qualification for Paracanoe at the 2016 Summer Paralympics
Qualification Event Men Women
MKL1 MKL2 MKL3 WKL1 WKL2 WKL3
2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships
Italy Milan, Italy
Italy
Argentina
Brazil
China
Australia
Poland
Austria
Australia
Brazil
Italy
Great Britain
Slovenia
Germany
Great Britain
Russia
Romania
Ukraine
Poland
Great Britain
Germany
Ukraine
United States
Hungary
France
Great Britain
Australia
Ukraine
Hungary
Canada
Israel
Australia
Great Britain
France
Romania
Italy
Iran
2016 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships Great Britain
South Africa
Hungary
France
Germany
Ukraine
Hungary
Spain
France
Ireland
Australia
Brazil
Chile
Australia
France
Japan
Russia
China
United States
Brazil
Canada
Brazil
United States
Sweden
Totals 10 10 10 10 10 10

Medalists[edit]

Medalists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men’s KL1
details
Jakub Tokarz
 Poland
Robert Suba
 Hungary
Ian Marsden
 Great Britain
Men’s KL2
details
Curtis McGrath
 Australia
Markus Swoboda
 Austria
Nick Beighton
 Great Britain
Men’s KL3
details
Serhii Yemelianov
 Ukraine
Tom Kierey
 Germany
Ciao Ribeiro de Carvalho
 Brazil
Women’s KL1
details
Jeanette Chippington
 Great Britain
Edina Muller
 Germany
Kamila Kubas
 Poland
women’s KL2
details
Emma Wiggs
 Great Britain
Nataliia Lagutenko
 Ukraine
Susan Seipel
 Australia
Women’s KL3
details
Anne Dickens
 Great Britain
Amanda Reynolds
 Australia
Cindy Moreau
 France

Medal table[edit]

Key

*   Host nation (Brazil)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Great Britain 3 0 2 5
2 Australia 1 1 1 3
3 Ukraine 1 1 0 2
4 Poland 1 0 1 2
5 Germany 0 2 0 2
6 Hungary 0 1 0 1
Austria 0 1 0 1
8 France 0 0 1 1
Brazil 0 0 1 1
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