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Canoeing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Henley Royal Regatta Course, Henley-on-Thames
Date Started: August 12, 1948
Date Finished: August 12, 1948
Format: Final only.

Gold: TCH Josef Holeček
Silver: CAN Douglas Bennett
Bronze: FRA Robert Boutigny

Summary

Due to World War II, there had been no recent Canoe Sprint World Championships, which, at the time, was the best predictor of Olympic success in the sport. Three competitors, however, had found a measure of accomplishment in the sport prior to the conflict, most notably Josef Holeček of Czechoslovakia, who was well-known in European circles. Canadian Douglas Bennett, meanwhile, was a multiple Canadian national champion who had qualified for the 1940 Summer Olympics, while William Havens of the United States had nearly made the 1936 edition. All were present in 1948, however, where only a final was held. Holeček was the superior competitor and earned a well-deserved gold medal, with the Canadian coming in behind him for silver. Bronze went to Robert Boutigny of France.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Josef Holeček 27 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 5:42.0
2 Douglas Bennett 29 Canada CAN Silver 5:53.3
3 Robert Boutigny 21 France FRA Bronze 5:55.9
4 Ingemar Andersson 20 Sweden SWE 6:08.0
5 William Havens 29 United States USA 6:14.3
6 Harold Maidment Great Britain GBR 6:37.0