The kayak slalom has been an Olympic event since 1972. In this event paddlers must race down a course while passing through a number of gates hung above the river. Each gate is numbered and must be run in sequence and either navigated upstream or downstream depending on its color. Penalties of missed gates, touched gates, or going throug a gate in the wrong direction all result in time penalties of seconds being added to the score.
There were the following categories of competitors:
(Each item links to that portion of the results)
The slalom was the main event on Sunday, though the weather got a bit blustery it was still a great day of competition. The course was a challenging set of about 25 gates set up in the river park. There were many tricky ferries in the swift current, some gates required catching a wave. Though the course was tough all classes had fun, including the chilled crowd.
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