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Canoeing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 10,000 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Henley Royal Regatta Course, Henley-on-Thames
Date Started: August 11, 1948
Date Finished: August 11, 1948
Format: Final only.

Gold: TCH František Čapek
Silver: USA Frank Havens
Bronze: CAN Norm Lane

Summary

The C-1 10000 was held at an international level for the first time at the 1948 Summer Olympics, which meant that the event was anyone’s for the taking. There were five entrants, only two of whom were old enough to have had careers prior to World War II: [František Čapek] of Czechoslovakia and Norm Lane of Canada. Čapek won the day in London, capturing gold 35 seconds ahead of Frank Havens of the United States, who took silver. Havens father Bill had been selected to represent the United States as a rower at the 1924 Summer Olympics, but elected to remain home in order to be with his wife when she gave birth to Frank and never again got the opportunity to compete at the Games. Thus, Frank’s silver medal was a tribute to his father, who missed out on his own chance to medal, but Frank would honor his father even more in 1952, when he won the C-1 10000. Lane came in for the bronze medal nearly two minutes later.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 František Čapek 33 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 1-02:05.2
2 Frank Havens 23 United States USA Silver 1-02:40.4
3 Norm Lane 28 Canada CAN Bronze 1-04:35.3
4 Raymond Argentin 23 France FRA 1-06:44.2
5 Ingemar Andersson 20 Sweden SWE 1-07:27.1