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František Čapek

Full name: František Čapek
Gender: Male
Born: October 24, 1914 in Branice, Jihočeský kraj, Czech Republic
Died: January 31, 2008 in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Affiliations: Dukla Praha, Praha (CZE)
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


František Čapek started out as a boxer, but he switched to canoeing when already in his twenties. Originally competing for KVS Praha, he switched to army club Dukla Praha after the war. Čapek's greatest triumph came in the 1948 Olympics, when he won the now defunct C-1 10,000 m event. Olympic competition began poorly for him, as Čapek couldn't manage his usual 30 push-ups before the race, but he proceeded to win the race with a comfortable 200 m victory margin. He won his only other international medal in 1954, when, aged 38, he placed second behind compatriot [Jiří Vokněr] at the World Championships in Mâcon, France. Čapek also won seven national titles. After ending his competitive career, he remained involved in canoeing, working as a coach for Dukla until his retirement in 1978. Čapek, who had been honored for his involvement in the 1945 Prague Uprising, kept practising sports well into his eighties.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 33 London Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, 10,000 metres Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold

Men's Canadian Singles, 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 33 London Canoeing Czechoslovakia Final Standings 1 1-02:05.2
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