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Josef Holeček

Full name: Josef Holeček
Gender: Male
Born: January 25, 1921 in Říčany, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Died: February 20, 2005 in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Already one of the Czechoslovakia's best canoeists before the outbreak of World War II, Josef Holeček had to wait until 1948 before he could compete in a major international competition. In London, he won the canoe sprint (C1 1000 m), with a margin of over 10 seconds. He confirmed his status as the best canoe sprinter in 1950, winning the world title in Denmark, while also taking silver over 10,000 m. In 1952, he successfully defended his Olympic title, once again with a comfortable victory margin. He retired shortly afterwards to focus on his career in foreign trade.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 27 London Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold

Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 27 London Canoeing Czechoslovakia Final Standings 1 5:42.0
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Canoeing Czechoslovakia Final Round 1 4:56.3
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Canoeing Czechoslovakia Round One Heat Two 1 QU 5:06.0
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