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Slalom racing is one of two Olympic canoeing disciplines. Racing takes place in singles and doubles (men only), in kayak and canoe (men only) classes. Race are held at local, state and national regattas at junior and senior level, in classes for men, women and veterans.

The first wild water slalom competitions were held in Switzerland in 1933. In slalom competitions each athlete completes two runs of the course on a route with 20 gates suspended over the river.

The competitions are against the clock and the result of each round is obtained by adding the time taken in seconds, and adding the penalties awarded at each gate by a judge. In a normal race, it is the best run of the two that counts.

For big international events there are three rounds, Qualification, Semi-Final and Final. Paddlers get two runs in the Qualification round with their best run counting. The paddlers progressing through to the Semi-Final, where the slate is wiped clean, get one run with top 10 results from the Semi-Final. In the Final, paddlers are ranked in reverse order from their Semi-Final result and again they get one run that determines their final ranking.

The International Canoeing Federation has a long tradition of slalom competitions. They formed part of the programme of the Olympic Games held in Augsburg (Munich, Germany, 1972), La Seu d”Urgell (Barcelona, Spain, 1992), Ocoee (Atlanta, USA, 1996) and in Penrith (Sydney, AUS, 2000). World Championships have been held since 1949.

The World Cup, which was given official status in 1993, is held yearly, and consists of three competitions programmed on at least two continents. The freshness and spectacular nature of wild water competitions always assures wide TV coverage. At the present time there are canoeing federations in 107 countries, including all the major industrialised nationals. Slalom is practised in 45 of these, with France, Germany, Britain, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy and Slovakia leading the way in Europe, and USA, Canada and Australia in the other continents.

CANOE SLALOM TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

Chair – Lucy Williams

Ex-officio Member – Mike Druce

Ex-officio Member – Richard Fox

Ex-officio Member – Danielle Woodward OAM

Member – Graeme Caudry

Member – Peter Eckhardt

Member – Louise Natoli

Member – Sue Natoli

Member – Chris Thompson

2016

SELECTION POLICIES

TEAM SELECTION

SELECTION RANKINGS


 

2015

SELECTION POLICIES

2015 Slalom Selection Panels announcement

TEAM SELECTION

2015 NTS Slalom Team Announcement
2015 Jnr Slalom team announcement_Updated
2015 U23 Slalom Team Announcement
2015 Senior Slalom Team Announcement

SELECTION RANKINGS

2015 Senior and U23 Rankings
2015 Junior Team Rankings


2013

NOMINATIONS

SELECTION POLICIES

TEAM SELECTIONS

2015

INTERNATIONAL

DOMESTIC


 

2014

INTERNATIONAL

DOMESTIC


 

2013

INTERNATIONAL

ICF World Championships ICF World Cup 1

ICF World Cup 2

ICF World Cup 3

ICF World Cup 4 ICF World Cup 5

ICF World Cup Standings ICF Junior & U23 World Championships

Australian Open

DOMESTIC

National Championships

Selection Event 3

Selection Event 4


2012

INTERNATIONAL

ICF World Cup 1

ICF World Cup 2

ICF World Cup 3

Oceania Championships

Australian Open

London Olympics

 DOMESTIC

National Championships


2011

INTERNATIONAL

ICF World Championships

World Cup 1

World Cup 2

World Cup 3

World Cup 4


2009

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

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Qualification, Nomination & Selection

Men’s K1 and Women’s K1:

Australia qualified a Men’s and Women’s K1 athlete via 2015 World Championships.

Men’s C1: 

Australia qualified a Men’s C1 quota place via the 2016 Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships.

Men’s C2: 

Australia did not qualify a C2 boat for the Rio Games.

Selection

Lucien Delfour (K1M), Jessica Fox (K1W) and Ian Borrows (C1M) were selected to the Team following the 2016 Australian Canoe Slalom Selection events.

Rio Olympics Schedule

Day 1 – 7th August

Men’s Canoe Single (C1) – Heats 1st Run
Men’s Kayak (K1) – Heats 1st Run
Men’s Canoe Single (C1) – Heats 2nd Run
Men’s Kayak (K1) – Heats 2nd Run

Day 2 – 8th August

Men’s Canoe Double (C2) – Heats 1st Run
Women’s Kayak (K1) – Heats 1st Run;
Men’s Canoe Double (C2) – Heats 2nd Run
Women’s Kayak (K1) – Heats 2nd Run

Day 3 – 9th August

Men’s Canoe Single (C1) – Semifinal
Men’s Canoe Single (C1) – Final
Men’s Canoe Single (C1) – Victory Ceremony

Day 4 – 10th August

Men’s Kayak (K1) – Semifinal
Men’s Kayak (K1) – Final
Men’s Kayak (K1) – Victory Ceremony

Day 5 – 11th August

Men’s Canoe Double (C2) – Semifinal
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Detailed Schedule available HERE

Competition Format

Olympic canoe slalom competition consists of heats with two runs, one semi-final run and one final run. The best (lowest) score of the two runs in the heats is counted as the result for that competitor. For the semi-final and final run, the result is determined by the combination of both runs.

Heats

Each athlete completes two runs of the course. The start order for both runs is the reverse order of their ICF world ranking, i.e. the higher-ranked entrants go last. Competitors with no ICF world ranking are placed at the start of the start order and are drawn by lot. The bib number for the athletes is according to their current ICF world ranking, i.e. the athlete with the highest rank is assigned bib no.1.

Semi-final

Competitors get one run in the semi-final, with the start order in the semi-final the reverse of the heat results, i.e. the slowest qualifier goes first. The course layout differs from the heats course.

Final

A restricted number of athletes (outlined below) progress through to the Final, where they complete one more run down the same course. The scores from both the semi-final and final are added together to determine the final standings.

Final ranking

For the final result of an individual event, first the competitors who made the final are ranked according to their total result in the final and semi-final. Then competitors who only made the semi-final are ranked using their result from the semi-final only. The remaining competitors are ranked using their results from the heats.

Men’s and women’s K1

21 boats enter the men’s and women’s K1 events, with the top 15 progressing to the semi-final and the top 10 in the semi-final advance to the final.

Men’s C1

16 boats enter the men’s C1, with the top 12 progressing to the semi-final and the top eight in the semi-final advance to the final.

Men’s C2

12 boats enter the men’s C2. The top 10 boats in the heats progress to the semi-final and the top six in the semi-final advance to the final. There may be more than 12 boats entered if an NOC has qualified through the C2 qualification system and decides to make up another boat using athletes already qualified in the K1 and C1 events.