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Canoeing at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Albano Lake, Castel Gandolfo
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: August 29, 1960

Gold: SWE Sweden
Silver: HUN Hungary
Bronze: POL Poland

Summary

The reigning World Champions in the K-2 1000 were [Rik Verbrugghe] and [Germain Van De Moere], while [Yevhen Yatsynenko] and [Ivan Holovachov] of the Soviet Union were the most recent runners-up. Yatsynenko did not attend the 1960 Summer Olympics, but the other three were there and contenders for the podium, with Holovachov partnering with [Mykolas Rudzinskas]. Hungary’s [György Mészáros] and [András Szente] were the reigning European champions and were also in contention. All of these pairs, however, would have to face the Swedish duo of [Sven-Olov Sjödelius] and [Gert Fredriksson], the latter of whom was a multiple Olympic and World Champion in other disciplines.

None of these nations, however, won their opening heats, which were taken by [Ruud Knuppe] and [Toon Geurts] of the Netherlands, Danish brothers [Kai] and [Vagn Schmidt], and Germans [Wolfgang Lange] and [Dieter Krause]. With different crews, Denmark had been the 1957 European runners-up, while Germany had been the 1957 and 1959 European champion and bronze medalist respectively. The semi-finals had results that were more expected, as the heats were taken by Hungary, the Soviet Union, and the Polish duo of [Władysław Zieliński] and [Stefan Kapłaniak]. The only major upset was the elimination of Belgium in the first heat, in favor of Hungary, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The final came down to a race to the finish between Sweden and Hungary, which the former won by a margin of only 0.18 seconds, leaving the latter with silver and giving Fredriksson the rare distinction of having earned a gold medal at four consecutive Olympics. He was the first canoeist to accomplish this and his feat was not repeated until 1984, when [Ivan Patzaichin] of Romania won his fourth gold medal in the C-2 1000. Poland, meanwhile, took bronze by an ever smaller margin over the Soviet Union: 0.12 seconds. Mészáros and Szente won another silver medal at these Games as members of the K-1 4 x 500 metres relay crew.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Sweden SWE Gold OB
2 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Poland POL Bronze
4 Soviet Union URS
5 Denmark DEN
6 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 Netherlands NED
8 Germany GER
9 Italy ITA
4 h1 r3/4 Belgium BEL
4 h2 r3/4 Norway NOR
4 h3 r3/4 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h1 r3/4 Romania ROU
5 h2 r3/4 Spain ESP
5 h3 r3/4 Austria AUT
6 h1 r3/4 Finland FIN
6 h2 r3/4 United States USA
6 h3 r3/4 Australia AUS
4 h1 r2/4 Bulgaria BUL
4 h2 r2/4 Canada CAN
4 h3 r2/4 Luxembourg LUX
5 h1 r2/4 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/4 Switzerland SUI