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Canoeing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Kayak 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: FIN Thorvald Strömberg
Silver: SWE Gert Fredriksson
Bronze: GER Michel Scheuer

Summary

Gert Fredriksson of Sweden, the reigning Olympic champion in the K-1 1000 and 10000, was the favorite to defend both of his titles at the 1952 Summer Olympics. He was also a multiple World Championship medalist from 1948 and 1950, with the most relevant for the Olympic K-1 10000 being his silver medal in the event from 1950. Finland’s Thorvald Strömberg had been the one to deny him the title and would be looking to repeat this feat in Helsinki. Other notable entrants included Austria’s Alfred Schmidtberger, a 1950 World bronze medalist in the K-4 10000, and Denmark’s Ejvind Hansen, a 1948 Olympic silver medalist in the K-2 1000. Strömberg and Fredriksson were fairly close for most of the race, but the former pulled ahead in the final stretch of the course by undertaking a drive against which the latter had no answer. Thus Fredriksson lost his crown in this event to Strömberg, although their fortunes would be reversed the following day, when the Swede took gold over the Finn in the K-1 1000. Germany’s Michel Scheuer, meanwhile, dashed past Hansen for a surprise bronze medal-finish.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Thorvald Strömberg 21 Finland FIN Gold 47:22.8
2 Gert Fredriksson 32 Sweden SWE Silver 47:34.1
3 Michel Scheuer 25 Germany GER Bronze 47:54.5
4 Ejvind Hansen 27 Denmark DEN 47:58.8
5 Hans Martin Gulbrandsen 38 Norway NOR 48:12.9
6 Miloš Pech 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 48:25.8
7 Ivan Sotnykov 38 Soviet Union URS 48:36.8
8 Jochem Bobeldijk 32 Netherlands NED 49:36.2
9 Alfred Schmidtberger 22 Austria AUT 49:45.6
10 Pierre Derivery 26 France FRA 49:48.5
11 Hilaire Deprez 30 Belgium BEL 50:20.6
12 Geoffrey Colyer 21 Great Britain GBR 50:55.3
13 Josip Lipokatić 30 Yugoslavia YUG 51:01.3
14 William Schuette 18 United States USA 52:44.6
15 Aldo Albera 29 Italy ITA 53:49.2
16 Raymond Kamber 22 Switzerland SUI 54:57.3
17 Léon Roth 25 Luxembourg LUX 56:02.9