Canoeing World Records

You may have only just begun canoeing or you may have been participating in this sport for several years. Whichever it is and regardless of how much experience you have canoeing, you have to take your hat off to those men and women who manage to set world records in this and any other field.

There are literally hundreds of records that can be broken when it comes to canoeing and kayaking. For example, on July 8, 2006, students and teachers from Nokomis Regional High school in Newport, Maine in the United States of America, unveiled a canoe that measured 45.44 meters, or 149 feet and one inch. This monster-sized canoe was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records to be the longest canoe ever built.

The Greatest Distance Covered in 24 Hours

When it comes to distances, there is nobody in the entire world who has managed to beat the record set by American Carter Johnson on August 12th 2014. Johnson headed to Huntington Harbour at Huntington Beach in California to try and set the world record for the greatest distance canoed or kayaked on flat water in 24 hours. A full day after starting his challenge, Johnson had paddled an incredible 249.84 kilometers, or 155.24 miles if you prefer.

Anjenine Lees of Australia set the world record for the greatest distance canoed or kayaked on flat water in 24 hours by a female athlete. Lees managed 201.2 kilometers, or 125 miles, at Burley Griffin Canoe Club in Canberra, Australia on December 6th, 2014. World records are not always focused on distance; some canoeists prefer the speed aspect of challenges. One such person was Paul Wycherley, a British Olympic sprint canoeist, who set a new record for crossing the English Channel in a kayak.

Wycherley made the journey from the United Kingdom to France in two hours and 28 minutes in October 2013 to set the new record. The previous record holder made the same trip 31-minutes longer. That ma was Ian Wynne who is Wycherley’s coach.

The Most Olympic Medals Won by an Individual in Canoeing/Kayaking

Germany’s Birgit Fischer is something of a canoeing and kayaking legend. She also holds the record for the most Olympic medals won by an individual competitor in canoeing and kayaking events. Fischer won an incredible eight golds and four silvers in an Olympic career that spanned from 1980 to 2004. When it comes to speed records, there is not a whole lot of difference between men and women, although male competitors are naturally faster.

The current world record for 200 meters in a K1 male event is an incredible 33.380 seconds, set by the United Kingdom’s Liam Heath in Bulgaria as recently as 2017. The fastest woman in history over the same distance is Lisa Carrington who did the same K1 200 meters in 37.989 seconds in Moscow in 2014.

Perhaps the most impressive speed record is that held by Eirik Veras Larsen who completed 5,000 meters in the K1 class in 18:00.040s in Poznan, Poland in 2009. The Norwegian’s time is more than two minutes faster than the 20:10.100s set by Bridgitte Hartley in the Czech Republic in 2009.