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Canoeing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Kayak 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: FIN Finland
Silver: SWE Sweden
Bronze: AUT Austria


Among [Lars Glassér] and [Ingemar Hedberg’s] many World Championship titles was one that they won together in the K-2 1000 at the 1950 edition. This made them the favorites in the event, although they would have plenty of challengers, including Norway’s [Ivar Mathisen] and [Knut Østby], runners-up at the most recent World Championships and in the K-2 10000 at the 1948 Summer Olympics. Sweden posted the fastest time in the opening round, while [Cees Koch] and [Jan Klingers] of the Netherlands and [Max Raub] and [Herbert Wiedermann] of Austria won the other two heats. The Austrian duo had taken bronze in the K-1 4 x 500 metres relay and the K-2 500 at the 1950 World Championships, while the Netherlands had been the bronze medalist in the K-2 1000, albeit with a different crew. The final came down to an exciting four-way race between Sweden, Austria, Finland’s [Kurt Wires] and [Yrjö Hietanen], and Germany’s [Gustav Schmidt] and [Helmut Noller], all of whom seemed to cross the finish line at the same time. A photo finish helped the judges determine that the Finns had emerged victorious, with Sweden in second, although, due to the limits on timing accuracy in that era, both recorded the same time. The Austrians had taken bronze 0.3 seconds later, while Germany was only another 0.4 seconds behind them in fourth. This was Hietanen and Wires’ second Olympic title of the Games, having taken the K-2 10000 the previous day, and was Wires’ third Olympic medal overall, as he had been the runner-up in the 1948 K-1 10000 event.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Finland FIN Gold OB
2 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Austria AUT Bronze
4 Germany GER
5 Norway NOR
6 France FRA
7 Hungary HUN
8 Netherlands NED
9 Denmark DEN
4 h1 r1/2 Soviet Union URS
4 h2 r1/2 Saar SAA
4 h3 r1/2 Belgium BEL
5 h1 r1/2 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h2 r1/2 Switzerland SUI
5 h3 r1/2 United States USA
6 h1 r1/2 Italy ITA
6 h2 r1/2 Luxembourg LUX
6 h3 r1/2 Canada CAN
7 h1 r1/2 Great Britain GBR