|ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships|
|Frequency||Annual, except for Olympic years|
|Location(s)||Varies (see Host cities in prose)|
|Previous event||2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships|
|Next event||2021 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships|
|Participants||Men and women|
|Organised by||International Canoe Federation|
The ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships are an international event in canoeing organized by the International Canoe Federation. The World Championships have taken place every year in non-Summer Olympic years since 2002. From 1949 to 1999, they had taken place in odd-numbered years. The 2001 championships were scheduled to take place in Ducktown, Tennessee (East of Chattanooga) from 20 to 23 September, but were canceled in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
Men race in single kayaks (K1) and single canoes (C1) both individually and in teams. Women race in K1 both individually and in teams and since the 2010 championships also in C1 individually. A team event was scheduled for those championships, but it was canceled because of weather conditions. The first women's C1 team event took place at the 2011 world championships, but no medals were awarded. The first medals in this event were awarded in 2013.
The men's C2 event was removed from the World Championships before the 2018 edition.The mixed C2 event was reinstated in 2017 after a 36-year hiatus. The extreme K1 events for men and women were first introduced in 2017.
Top 10 male and female paddlers with the best medal record including the team events are listed below. Boldface denotes active paddlers and the highest number of medals per type, as of the 2019 championships.
|1||Michal Martikán||Slovakia||C1, C1 team||1995||2019||15||3||5||23|
|2||Jon Lugbill||United States||C1, C1 team||1979||1991||12||1||0||13|
|3||Alexander Slafkovský||Slovakia||C1, C1 team||2003||2019||10||2||0||12|
|4||Richard Fox||Great Britain||K1, K1 team||1979||1993||10||0||1||11|
|5||Matej Beňuš||Slovakia||C1, C1 team||2009||2019||9||0||1||10|
|6||David Hearn||United States||C1, C1 team||1979||1995||8||5||0||13|
|7||Fabien Lefèvre||France, United States||C1, C2, K1, C2 team, K1 team||2002||2014||7||5||2||14|
|8||Manfred Merkel||East Germany||C2, Mixed C2, C2 team||1959||1967||7||0||0||7|
|9||Pavol Hochschorner||Slovakia||C2, C2 team||1999||2014||6||4||4||14|
|Peter Hochschorner||Slovakia||C2, C2 team||1999||2014||6||4||4||14|
|1||Jessica Fox||Australia||C1, K1, C1 team, K1 team||2010||2019||10||3||2||15|
|2||Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi||France||K1, K1 team||1983||1995||8||2||0||10|
|3||Štěpánka Hilgertová||Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic||K1, K1 team||1989||2015||7||5||2||14|
|4||Ludmila Polesná||Czechoslovakia||K1, K1 team||1961||1975||4||5||2||11|
|5||Mallory Franklin||Great Britain||C1, K1, C1 team, K1 team||2013||2019||4||4||1||9|
|6||Ursula Gläser||East Germany||K1, K1 team||1959||1965||4||1||0||5|
|7||Jana Dukátová||Slovakia||C1, K1, K1 team||2006||2017||3||4||1||8|
|8||Ulrike Deppe||West Germany||K1, K1 team||1969||1981||3||4||0||7|
|Irena Pavelková||Czech Republic||K1 team||2002||2011||3||4||0||7|
|10||Jasmin Schornberg||Germany||K1, K1 team||2006||2018||3||3||4||10|
Top 10 male and female paddlers with the best medal record excluding the team events are listed below. Boldface denotes active paddlers and the highest number of medals per type. As of the 2019 championships.
|1||Jon Lugbill||United States||C1||1979||1989||5||1||0||6|
|4||Richard Fox||Great Britain||K1||1979||1993||5||0||1||6|
|6||Manfred Merkel||East Germany||C2, Mixed C2||1959||1965||4||0||0||4|
|7||Fabien Lefèvre||France, United States||C1, C2, K1||2002||2014||3||3||1||7|
|9||Manfred Schubert||East Germany||C1||1957||1965||3||1||1||5|
|10||Günther Merkel||East Germany||C2, Mixed C2||1959||1965||3||1||0||4|
|1||Jessica Fox||Australia||C1, K1||2010||2019||7||2||1||10|
|3||Jana Dukátová||Slovakia||C1, K1||2006||2017||2||3||0||5|
|4||Štěpánka Hilgertová||Czech Republic||K1||1997||2007||2||1||1||4|
|5||Elizabeth Sharman||Great Britain||K1||1979||1987||2||1||0||3|
|7||Angelika Bahmann||East Germany||K1||1971||1977||2||0||1||3|
|8||Marietta Gillman||United States||Mixed C2||1975||1977||2||0||0||2|
|10||Mallory Franklin||Great Britain||C1, K1||2013||2018||1||4||0||5|
As of the 2019 Championships.
|2||East Germany (1949–89)||49||42||30||121|
|7||West Germany (1949–89)||25||26||26||77|
|Totals (25 nations)||352||349||343||1044|
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