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Miroslav Koranda

Full name: Miroslav Koranda
Gender: Male
Born: November 6, 1934 in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Died: 2008
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Miroslav Koranda initially practised canoeing, which was more popular in Czechoslovakia, but switched to rowing. In 1952, he steered the Czechoslovakian coxed four to the nation's first ever Olympic medal in rowing, in a surprise victory. The Czechs confirmed their success with a European title in 1953, and a third place at the 1954 Europeans. Koranda then switched to become the coxswain of the Czechoslovakian eight, which won the 1956 European Championships. This led to high expectations for the Melbourne Games, but his boat went out in the semi-finals. After a third place at the 1957 European Championships, Koranda was no longer on the national team, but he made a brief return to prominence to compete at the inaugural World Rowing Championships in Luzern, 1962.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 17 Helsinki Rowing Men's Coxed Fours Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Czechoslovakia TCH 3 h2 r3/4

Men's Coxed Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1952 Summer 17 Helsinki Rowing Czechoslovakia TCH Final Round 7:33.4
1952 Summer 17 Helsinki Rowing Czechoslovakia TCH Semi-Finals Heat Two 6:58.5
1952 Summer 17 Helsinki Rowing Czechoslovakia TCH Round One Heat Three 7:16.6

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Rowing Czechoslovakia TCH Semi-Finals Heat Two 7:12.9
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Rowing Czechoslovakia TCH Round One Heat Two 6:09.3
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