Congratulations to Team Ireland canoeist Robert Hendrick who qualified this morning for the quarter final of the C1 Obstacle slalom.
Hendrick is being coached by 3 time Olympic Canoeist Eoin Rheinisch.
Eoin RHEINISCH (IRL) competed in slalom at the Olympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
His performance in coming fourth in the K1 final at the Beijing 2008 Games remains the best by an Irishman in the event.
He is a fan of the experience athletes gain from Youth Olympic Games participation.
“My first Olympics was at Athens in 2004 and I went in there ranked number six and I had a really good season leading in to it, but I definitely suffered from not being fully prepared for the Olympic experience,” RHEINISCH said.
“It’s a difficult thing to prepare for because no one can really tell you what the experience will be like.
“I think that’s what gives so much value to the athletes coming here. The village, the media and the frustrations that they are going to come up against when rules don’t make sense necessarily; learning the way it is.
“Robert wants to go on to Tokyo [2020 Olympic Games], so the exposure here has already been very, very valuable,” he said.
The luck of the Irish deserted HENDRICK on Saturday when he failed to advance to Sunday’s C1 semi-finals, but he has succeeded in qulalifying for the quarter final of the Obstacle Slalom – his main event.
“That’s the one he really wants to do well in, a bit of the rougher stuff is definitely his preference,” RHEINISCH said.
1. Venue & Dates
The Canoe-Kayak competitions of Nanjing 2014 will be held at the Nanjing Rowing and Canoeing School on 23 to 27 August, 2014.
A total of 8, including 4 men’s events and 4 women’s events.
The top-three athletes from each event will be awarded the gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.
Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games will see a total of 8 gold medals in Canoe-Kayak. The gold medal dates are 24(4) and 27(4) August, 2014.
A total of 64, including 34 male athletes and 30 female athletes.
The Canoe-Kayak competition at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games consists of eight events as follows:
Differences between the ICF Junior World Championships and the Youth Olympic Games
The competition format of Canoe-Kayak for the Youth Olympic Games is completely different from the ICF Junior World Championships. In the Canoe Sprint events the athletes paddle on a circuit course, and compete head to head against each other. For the Canoe Slalom events the athletes compete on a calm water surface as opposed to a natural river or artificial Slalom course. However, they still need to demonstrate the skills of a Slalom paddler by manoeuvring around gates and also beating the other athlete’s time on the course.
Changes since the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games
The format of the progressing and pairing system has changed.
Head to Head Canoe Sprint is an individual event on a circuit course (like the shape of a laying 8) of approximately 420m. The athletes compete in pairing format described in the Progressing system. The course for each athlete consists of 2 x 80m, 1 x 160 straight phases and two turns; one clockwise the other is anti-clockwise. Two athletes start in the same time at the same starting line but to different directions. The start and finish are in the same line. The layout of the course provides two equal travelling parts and distance for each athlete and marked with well visible buoys and separation buoy-line between the 2 sides. The athlete finished the race when completed properly the course and his/her boat’s bow reached the finishing line. The progressing bases on time or winning a race depending on the phase of the competition. Details are under the Progressing System. Each Event contains different phases of racing from the Qualification Heat to the Gold Medal Final. The progressing system depends on the entered number of athletes to each event.
The Head to Head Canoe Obstacle Canoe Slalom is an individual event on two parallel and similar courses. The athletes compete in pairing format described in the Progressing system.
The courses are of approximately 120m in length. The length of the courses in one direction is about 60m with four pairs of buoys on each course.
Two athletes start in the same time from launching slides on their course. The start and finish are in the same line.
The layout of the course provides two equal distance and form for each athlete and marked with well visible red and green numbered buoys and separation buoy-line between the 2 courses.
The athlete finished the race when completed properly the course and his/her boat’s bow reached the finishing line.
The progressing bases on time or winning a race depending on the phase of the competition. Details are under the Progressing System.
Each Event contains different phases of racing from the Qualification Heat to the Gold Medal Final.
The progressing system depends on the entered number of athletes to each event.