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Canoeing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Kayak 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: HUN Hungary
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: AUS Australia


Canoeing’s 10000 metre distance events appeared for the last time at the 1956 Summer Olympics. [Yrjö Hietanen], one half of the Finnish duo that won the K-2 1000 and 10000 at the 1952 Summer Olympics, returned to the Games in 1956 to defend the latter title, brining [Simo Kuismanen] with him. The only other returning Olympic medalist was runner-up [Hans Wetterström], who was also accompanied by a new partner, [Carl-Gunnar Sundin]. Wetterström and Sundin were also half of the silver medal-winning K-4 10000 crew at the 1954 World Championships. The reigning World Champions were [Herbert Wiedermann] and [Max Raub] of Austria, but they attempted to improve their results in the K-2 1000 from 1952, in which they had won bronze, and thus their nation was represented by [Alfred Schmidtberger] and [Hermann Salzner]. Reigning World bronze medalist Germany sent [Fritz Briel] and [Theo Kleine]. Much of the race was a battle between a leading group of four crews, Sweden, Germany, Hungary’s [János Urányi] and [László Fábián], and Australia’s [Dennis Green] and [Walter Brown] but, as the finish line approached, the Swedes dropped back while Germany and Hungary went neck and neck towards the end. The Hungarians managed a slight advantage and won gold, leaving silver for the Germans and a surprise bronze medal for the Australians.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T
1 Hungary HUN Gold 43:37.0
2 Germany GER Silver 43:40.6
3 Australia AUS Bronze 43:43.2
4 Sweden SWE 44:06.7
5 Soviet Union URS 45:49.3
6 Czechoslovakia TCH 46:13.1
7 Finland FIN 46:40.4
8 Great Britain GBR 47:03.7
9 France FRA 47:12.8
10 Poland POL 47:21.5
11 Austria AUT 49:03.7
12 United States USA 51:25.8