Canoe sprint and canoe marathon are competitive forms of canoeing. Canoe sprint (referred to by the IOC as "canoe/kayak sprint) is one of the two forms of the canoeing disciplines that are featured in the Summer Olympics, the other being canoe slalom.
Canoe racing combined with map navigation is called Canoe orienteering. Marathon racing is not an Olympic sport.
Canoe sprint takes place on a straight course divided in lanes, on calm water. The distances recognised by the ICF for international races are 200 m, 500 m, and 1000 m. Each boat has its own designated lane, except for races over more than 1000 m, where there also may be turning points. Men race in canoes and in kayaks, women in kayaks except in Canada and the United States where women's canoe is an event raced at both Canada Games and National Championships.
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