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Canoeing at the 1948 London Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: August 11, 1948
Date Finished: August 11, 1948
Events: 9

Participants: 110 (100 men and 10 women) from 16 countries
Youngest Participant: HUN Klára Bánfalvi-Fried (17 years, 96 days)
Oldest Participant: USA Ernie Riedel (47 years, 30 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 7 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 4 medals


The 1948 canoeing competition was contested at the Henley Royal Regatta Course on the River Thames on London. This was also the site of the 1948 rowing competition and had been the site of the 1908 Olympic rowing events. Women made their Olympic début in canoeing, contesting a kayak singles event over 500 metres. Men had eight events, four in kayaks and four in Canadian doubles, with singles and doubles over both 1,000 and 10,000 metres.

There were several other canoeing events conducted in London in 1948 as part of the World Championships. These included the men’s K1-500 and K2-500, a men’s kayak 4 x 500 relay, a men’s K4-1000 event, and a women’s K2-500 event.