Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Regatta Course, Grünau, Berlin
Date Started: August 8, 1936
Date Finished: August 8, 1936
At the first two European championships, [Helmut Cämmerer] and [Ewald Tilker] had earned Germany the title in this event. Sweden's [Nils Wallin] had placed second on both occasions, but like Tilker he was not competing in the kilometre in Berlin. Cämmerer was, as was Austria's [Gregor Hradetzky], who had won two European titles in the folding kayak, and had claimed the Olympic title in that discipline a day earlier.
The preliminaries made clear Cämmerer and Hradetzky were in a league of their own, about ten seconds clear from the rest of the field. In the final, Cämmerer had the best start, being trailed by Hradetzky and [Jaap Kraaier]. Hradetzky levelled with Cämmerer with about 200 m left, and then pulled away in a final sprint to take his second gold of the Games.
|4||Ernie Riedel||35||United States||USA|
|5 h1 r1/2||Elio Sasso Sant||25||Italy||ITA|
|5 h2 r1/2||Henri Honsia||23||Belgium||BEL|
|6 h1 r1/2||Hans Potthof||25||Switzerland||SUI|
|6 h2 r1/2||Poul Larsen||19||Denmark||DEN|
|7 h1 r1/2||Emil Šmatlák||20||Czechoslovakia||TCH|
|7 h2 r1/2||Frank Amyot||31||Canada||CAN|
|8 h1 r1/2||Péter Szittya||21||Hungary||HUN|