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Canoeing at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Folding Kayak Singles, 10 kilometres

Canoeing at the 1936 Summer Games:


Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Regatta Course, Grünau, Berlin
Date Started: August 7, 1936
Date Finished: August 7, 1936
Format: Final only.

Gold: AUT Gregor Hradetzky
Silver: FRA Henri Eberhardt
Bronze: GER Xaver Hörmann


This was the only time this event was contested at the Olympics. The clear favorite in this event was Austrian organ builder [Gregor Hradetzky]. He had won the European title in this event in both 1933 and 1934. Runner-up at the latter championship was France's [Henri Eberhardt], also starting in Berlin. The third contender was assumed to be Germany's entrant, national champion [Xaver Hörmann]. And indeed, the race turned out to be contested between these three paddlers. Hörmann took the early lead, before Hradetzky and Eberhardt took the initiative. With Hörmann following closely, these two exchanged leads. The race wasn't decided until the final kilometre, when Hradetzky opened up a gap of a boat's length, winning the race 3 seconds ahead of the Frenchman.

Hradetzky would win a second title the next day, in a different boat type (kayak) and in a sprint distance rather than a long distance, making him the outstanding canoeist of these Olympics. Henri Eberhardt would return to the Olympics in 1948, and claim a second Olympic medal in the [1,000 m K-1].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Gregor Hradetzky 27 Austria AUT Gold 50:01.2 OB
2 Henri Eberhardt 22 France FRA Silver 50:04.2
3 Xaver Hörmann 26 Germany GER Bronze 50:06.5
4 Lennart Dozzi 26 Sweden SWE 51:23.8
5 František Svoboda 32 Czechoslovakia TCH 51:52.5
6 Hans Mooser 21 Switzerland SUI 52:43.8
7 Frans Nordberg 36 Finland FIN 52:45.8
8 George Lawton 25 Great Britain GBR 52:50.0
9 Jan Vrolijk 19 Netherlands NED 54:05.9
10 Burr Folks 21 United States USA 55:32.1
11 Mirko Vincens 22 Yugoslavia YUG 55:41.5
12 Joé Treinen 25 Luxembourg LUX 57:14.8
13 Jules Deneumoulin 26 Belgium BEL 58:20.1