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Canoeing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Date Started: July 27, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 1952
Events: 9

Participants: 159 (146 men and 13 women) from 21 countries
Youngest Participant: HUN Gábor Novák (17 years, 348 days)
Oldest Participant: TCH Bohuslav Karlík (43 years, 245 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 6 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): FIN Finland (6 medals)


The 1952 Olympic canoeing program was precisely the same as it had been in 1948, with nine events, one for women (kayak singles 500 metres), and eight for men, four in kayak and four in Canadian canoes. The events were held in the Taival Bay (Taivallahti) just off the coast of Helsinki. A rowing and canoeing stadium, later named the Töölö Rowing Stadium, was built here for the 1940 Olympic Games, scheduled for Helsinki but never contested. But for 1952 the International Rowing Federation (FISA) requested that the rowing events be moved to Meilahti, because of sea breezes, although the canoeing remained in Taivallahti.