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The splash and dash of the canoe/kayak sprint always brings plenty of thrilling races and close finishes. The Rio competition is likely to be no different and just as Australia has in both Beijing and London, the green and gold paddlers will be in search of plenty of medals on the picturesque Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.
Before Rio 2016 gets underway, get the lowdown on everything you need to know about the Rowing and Canoe/Kayak events.
The action on show in these sports makes them some of most entertaining events to watch at the Games.
In the canoe slalom, athletes will attempt to conquer the tricky white-water rapids 250m course through gates and over obstacles in canoes or kayaks with the quickest time needed to claim gold.
In the canoe sprint, using kayaks and canoes Olympians will reach super speeds gliding across the water, racing other countries head-to-head in heats, much like in the prestigious rowing events.
The fastest times will see athletes progress to the final, where the winner takes all.
WHERE AND WHEN IS IT?
Canoe/Kayak Slalom — Whitewater Stadium, Deodoro — 7-11 August
Canoe/Kayak Sprint — Lagoa Stadium, Copacabana — 15- 20 August
Rowing — Lagoa Stadium, Copacabana — 6-13 August
WHAT TIME IS ON IN AUSTRALIA?
Canoe/Kayak Slalom — The event begins in the early afternoon in Deodoro, which for Australia is Monday 8 August at 1.30am (AEST) and continues till Friday 12 August, starting at the same time each morning and finishing around 5.15am every day (except on August 9 with the event commencing an hour later).
Canoe/Kayak Sprint — The sprints happen early in the morning in Rio, meaning they will happen late at night on the same date in Australia. From the first heats till the final, all canoe sprints commence at 10pm (AEST) daily from Monday 15 August and continue until 20 August. The event will finish around midnight (AEST) on most days.
Rowing — Like the canoe sprints, the rowing events all start in the morning in Brazil, but during the first week of the Games instead. The first rowing heats start on Saturday 6 August at 9.30pm (AEST) and continue each day until 13 August with the latest finishing time just before 2am (AEST).