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Canoeing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 10,000 metres

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Taival Bay, Helsinki
Date Started: July 27, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 1952
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Frank Havens
Silver: HUN Gábor Novák
Bronze: TCH Alfréd Jindra
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Summary

Both American Frank Havens and Canadian Norm Lane, the 1948 Olympic silver and bronze medalists respectively, journeyed to the 1952 Summer Olympics to compete in the C-1 10000 in the hope of improving their results from London. There they would be challenged by Robert Boutigny of France, the reigning World Champion and 1948 Olympic bronze medalist in the C-1 1000, as well as Sweden’s Bengt Backlund, the 1950 World bronze medalist and representative of the defending Olympic champion nation. The great Josef Holeček of Czechoslovakia had been the most recent World runner-up, but he did not compete in this event and his country sent Alfréd Jindra instead. Jindra led the race for most of the course, but tired in the final stretch and was passed by Havens and Hungarian Gábor Novák, who won gold and silver respectively, leaving the Czechoslovakian with bronze. 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, according to the International Olympic Committee, “[a]fter celebrating his victory, Havens sent his father an emotional telegram that read: ‘I'm bringing home the gold medal that you should have won.’”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Frank Havens 27 United States USA Gold 57:41.1
2 Gábor Novák 17 Hungary HUN Silver 57:49.2
3 Alfréd Jindra 22 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze 57:53.1
4 Bengt Backlund 26 Sweden SWE 59:02.8
5 Norm Lane 32 Canada CAN 59:26.4
6 Jarl Fagerström 38 Finland FIN 59:45.9
7 Franz Johannsen 31 Germany GER 1-00:26.5
8 Robert Boutigny 24 France FRA 1-01:15.2
9 Gerald Marchand 31 Great Britain GBR 1-02:21.7
10 Pavel Kharin 24 Soviet Union URS 1-03:03.2