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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