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Canoeing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Singles, 10,000 metres

Canoeing at the 1956 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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

Gold: ROU Leon Rotman
Silver: HUN János Parti
Bronze: URS Gennady Bukharin

Summary

Canoeing’s 10000 metre distance events appeared for the last time at the 1956 Summer Olympics. American Frank Havens, the defending Olympic champion and 1948 runner-up, returned to the Games in 1956 in a bid to defend his title in the C-1 10000. At the very least, he would have to expect a challenge from Czechoslovakia’s Jiří Vokněr, the reigning World Champion, while Hungary’s János Parti would also be a threat, as he was the current World Champion and Olympic runner-up in the C-1 1000, but elected to compete in this event instead. The surprise winner of the tournament, however, was Leon Rotman of Romania, who took an early lead and never relinquished. He would surprise spectators even further in the C-1 1000 the next day, when he took gold in that event as well. This left Parti and Gennady Bukharin of the Soviet Union to battle for the remaining podium spots, with the former pulling ahead in the concluding stretch to claim silver, while the latter took bronze. Bukharin would repeat his performance the following day by finishing in third in the C-1 1000.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Leon Rotman 22 Romania ROU Gold 56:41.0
2 János Parti 24 Hungary HUN Silver 57:11.0
3 Gennady Bukharin 27 Soviet Union URS Bronze 57:14.5
4 Jiří Vokněr 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 57:44.5
5 Franz Johannsen 35 Germany GER 58:50.1
6 Werner Wettersten 33 Sweden SWE 59:24.7
7 Don Stringer 22 Canada CAN 59:57.5
8 Frank Havens 32 United States USA 1-01:23.6
9 Bryan Harper Australia AUS 1-02:12.1