Apr 22, 2024 - Sports

Olympic kayak and canoe hopefuls row into Sarasota

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German competitors in the men's kayak four 500m semi-final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images

Some of the world's best kayakers and canoers are paddling into Sarasota this week.

Why it matters: It's the last opportunity for the athletes to secure their spots for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

State of paddle: Nathan Benderson Park hosts the Canoe Sprint Americas Continental Olympic Qualifier and Pan American Championships Tuesday through Thursday.

By the numbers: About 100 athletes from 17 countries across North, Central and South America will compete in 200m, 500m and 1000m events over three days.

Ones to watch: USA's Olympic hopefuls include Jonas Ecker and Aaron Small, who will compete in the Men's Kayak Double 500m event.

  • Nevin Harrison, who took the gold in 2020 for the Women's Canoe Single 200m event, has already secured her spot for Paris.

If you go: Entry is free for spectators, except for any parking fees at Nathan Benderson Park.

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