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Canoeing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Kayak 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

Gold: SWE Gert Fredriksson
Silver: DEN Frederik Kobberup Andersen
Bronze: FRA Henri Eberhardt

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. Gert Fredriksson of Sweden, however, had gained a reputation for his success in smaller European events and was considered the favorite in both this event and the K-1 10000, which he had won the day before. Despite the time that had elapsed, three participants had won medals at the previous Olympics or World Championships: Wim van der Kroft of the Netherlands (bronze in the 1936 K-2 1000), Henri Eberhardt of France (silver in the 1936 Folding K-1 10000), and Czesław Sobieraj of Poland (silver in the 1938 K-1 10000). The opening heats were won by Fredriksson and Denmark’s Frederik Kobberup Andersen, but the former was clearly the star of the tournament and went on to win this event by a margin of over 6½ seconds ahead of Anderson, who took silver. Eberhardt, meanwhile, battled Norway’s Hans Martin Gulbrandsen to the finish line and captured bronze with only 0.3 seconds to spare.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gert Fredriksson 28 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Frederik Kobberup Andersen 28 Denmark DEN Silver
3 Henri Eberhardt 34 France FRA Bronze
4 Hans Martin Gulbrandsen 34 Norway NOR
5 Wim van der Kroft 31 Netherlands NED
6 Harry Åkerfelt 33 Finland FIN
7 Luboš Vambera 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 Walter Piemann 21 Austria AUT
5 h1r1/2 Juliaan Bogaert 23 Belgium BEL
5 h2r1/2 Czesław Sobieraj 34 Poland POL
6 h1r1/2 Hans Straub 20 Switzerland SUI
6 h2r1/2 Thomas Horton 22 United States USA
7 h1r1/2 Marcel Lentz 19 Luxembourg LUX
7 h2r1/2 János Toldi 20 Hungary HUN
8 h2r1/2 Norman Dobson Great Britain GBR