Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria
Date Started: November 30, 1956
Date Finished: November 30, 1956
Format: Final only.
Canoeing’s 10000 metre distance events appeared for the last time at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Bronze medalists [Egon Drews] and [Wilfried Soltau] of Germany were the only 1952 Olympic podium finishers in the C-2 10000 to return to the 1956 edition, although France’s [Georges Dransart] had been a bronze medalist in 1948. Dransart was also the 1950 World runner-up and was partnered with [Marcel Renaud] in Melbourne. The reigning World Champion and runner-up was Hungary, although it was represented by a new duo of [Imre Farkas] and [József Hunics] at these Games, while the bronze medalist Czechoslovakians sent no one at all. This left no particularly strong favorites, although it was still somewhat of a surprise that the Soviet duo of [Pavel Kharin] and [Gratsian Botev] outperformed the entire field and won by a considerable margin over Dransart and Renaud. The Hungarians, meanwhile, came in for bronze, just ahead of the Germans. The C-2 10000 would not be Kharin and Botev’s only success in Melbourne, as they would take silver in the C-2 1000 the following day.