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Canoeing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Canadian Doubles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Taival Bay, Helsinki
Date Started: July 28, 1952
Date Finished: July 28, 1952

Gold: DEN Denmark
Silver: TCH Czechoslovakia
Bronze: GER Germany


Reigning Olympic and World Champions [Jan Brzák-Felix] and [Bohumil Kudrna] of Czechoslovakia returned to the Games in 1952 in the hopes of defending their crown in the C-2 1000. Brzák-Felix and Kudrna were also the most recent World Champions in the C-2 10000, while Brzák-Felix, a 1936 C-2 1000 Olympic champion, had won gold and silver in the C-2 10000 and C-2 1000 respectively at the 1938 World Championships. Their strongest challengers were likely to be [Armand Loreau] and [Georges Dransart] of France, the reigning World runners-up in both events, and the latter of whom had been an Olympic bronze medalist in 1948. France won its heat in the opening round, but the Czechoslovakians were defeated by the Danish duo of [Peder Rasch] and [Finn Haunstoft], who finished in Olympic record time. In the final, France seemed to have the lead, but a series of mistakes saw them drift into another lane and be overtaken by the Danes, Czechoslovakians, and Germans [Egon Drews] and [Wilfried Soltau], who crossed the line in that order. France meanwhile, missed the podium by only 0.3 seconds, while Drews and Soltau captured their second bronze medal of the tournament, having won their first the previous day in the C-2 10000.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Denmark DEN Gold
2 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver
3 Germany GER Bronze
4 France FRA
5 Hungary HUN
6 Austria AUT
7 United States USA
8 Canada CAN
5 h1 r1/2 Finland FIN
5 h2 r1/2 Sweden SWE
6 h1 r1/2 Soviet Union URS