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The Canoe/kayak sprint race officially entered the Olympic programme in the 1936 summer Games in Berlin. The slalom made its first appearance in 1924 for men, and for women in kayaks only in 1928. As with rowing, the aim is to drive the canoe/kayak along with paddles. The difference between kayakers and canoers is that the former sit on a low seat in the boat, their feet resting on fixed blocks, while canoers sit on seats with their knees on the bottom of the boat. With the slalom, there are three sub-categories for men and one for women, while the sprint race has eight sub-categories or men and four for women.

Canoe-Kayak at the Olympics 2016

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