Canoeing (kayaking) competitions are conducted under two categories: slalom and flat water.
The slalom is a 300 m moving-water race against the clock, held over a maximum of two rounds. The result from the first round is retained for the final standing.
In case of a tie, the winner is the competitor with the best time from the second round. Competitors must pass through, without touching or missing, a maximum of 25 gates which are placed at several different locations along the course. Each missed or touched gate incurs an automatic penalty. The time recorded is transformed into seconds, thein points according to an already established conversion system.
The flat water is a race of specified distance in a calm stretch of water. Nine lanes are marked out for the nine competitors, the aim being to arrive at the finish ahead of the opponent. The various rounds consist of elimination rounds, repechages, semifinals and the final. - (AFP)