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Canoeing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Doubles, 10,000 metres

Canoeing at the 1956 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria
Date Started: November 30, 1956
Date Finished: November 30, 1956
Format: Final only.

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: FRA France
Bronze: HUN Hungary
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Canoeing’s 10000 metre distance events appeared for the last time at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Bronze medalists Egon Drews and Wilfried Soltau of Germany were the only 1952 Olympic podium finishers in the C-2 10000 to return to the 1956 edition, although France’s Georges Dransart had been a bronze medalist in 1948. Dransart was also the 1950 World runner-up and was partnered with Marcel Renaud in Melbourne. The reigning World Champion and runner-up was Hungary, although it was represented by a new duo of Imre Farkas and József Hunics at these Games, while the bronze medalist Czechoslovakians sent no one at all. This left no particularly strong favorites, although it was still somewhat of a surprise that the Soviet duo of Pavel Kharin and Gratsian Botev outperformed the entire field and won by a considerable margin over Dransart and Renaud. The Hungarians, meanwhile, came in for bronze, just ahead of the Germans. The C-2 10000 would not be Kharin and Botev’s only success in Melbourne, as they would take silver in the C-2 1000 the following day.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T
1 Soviet Union URS Gold 54:02.4
2 France FRA Silver 54:48.3
3 Hungary HUN Bronze 55:15.6
4 Germany GER 55:21.1
5 Romania ROU 55:51.1
6 Denmark DEN 55:54.3
7 Australia AUS 56:18.6
8 Austria AUT 56:48.7
9 Canada CAN 56:50.2
10 United States USA 58:30.0