Full name: FrantiÅ¡ek Äapek
Born: October 24, 1914 in Branice, JihoÄeskÃ½ kraj, Czech Republic
Died: January 31, 2008 in Prague, HlavnÃ mÄsto Praha, Czech Republic
Affiliations: Dukla Praha, Praha (CZE)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
FrantiÅ¡ek Äapek 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. Äapek'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 Äapek 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 [JiÅÃ VoknÄr] at the World Championships in MÃ¢con, France. Äapek 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. Äapek, who had been honored for his involvement in the 1945 Prague Uprising, kept practising sports well into his eighties.
|1948 Summer||33||London||Canoeing||Men's Canadian Singles, 10,000 metres||Czechoslovakia||TCH||1||Gold|
|1948 Summer||33||London||Canoeing||Czechoslovakia||Final Standings||1||1-02:05.2|