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Canoeing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Kayak 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: SWE Gert Fredriksson
Silver: HUN Ferenc Hatlaczky
Bronze: GER Michel Scheuer

Summary

Canoeing’s 10000 metre distance events appeared for the last time at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Sweden’s Gert Fredriksson had won the K-1 10000 at the 1948 Games, but had lost his title at the 1950 World Championships and the 1952 Summer Olympics to Finland’s Thorvald Strömberg. He was also two-time Olympic (1948 and 1952) and World (1950 and 1954) Champion in the K-1 1000 and would be looking for revenge against Strömberg at the 1956 Games. The reigning World Champion, and K-1 1000 bronze medalist, was Ferenc Hatlaczky, who sought to add an Olympic crown to his collection in Melbourne. The World silver and bronze medal-winning nations of Czechoslovakia and Norway were represented by Ladislav Čepčianský and Knut Østby respectively, the latter of whom was the 1948 Olympic runner-up. Much of the race consisted of Fredriksson being in front, with Hatlaczky making attempts to narrow the gap and Germany’s Michel Scheuer, the 1952 bronze medalist, not far behind. Neither Hatlaczky nor Scheuer was able to get the best of the man ahead of him, however, and thus these three crossed the finish line in that order. Fredriksson would add to his gold medal collection the following day, when he won the K-1 1000, while Strömberg, suffering from stomach problems, finished fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Gert Fredriksson 37 Sweden SWE Gold 47:43.4
2 Ferenc Hatlaczky 22 Hungary HUN Silver 47:53.3
3 Michel Scheuer 29 Germany GER Bronze 48:00.3
4 Thorvald Strömberg 25 Finland FIN 48:15.8
5 Igor Pisarev 25 Soviet Union URS 49:58.2
6 Ladislav Čepčianský 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 50:08.2
7 Svend Frømming 38 Denmark DEN 50:10.0
8 Knut Østby 34 Norway NOR 51:28.2
9 Max Baldwin Australia AUS 51:49.7
10 Lloyd Rice 28 Canada CAN 52:00.4
11 Robert O'Brien 23 United States USA 53:02.8