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Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria
Date Started: December 1, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
Format: Final only.

Gold: ROU Leon Rotman
Silver: HUN István Hernek
Bronze: URS Gennady Bukharin


With the retirement of two-time Olympic champion [Josef Holeček] of Czechoslovakia, the C-1 1000 at the 1956 Summer Olympics was anyone’s to win. [János Parti] of Hungary, the reigning World Champion and defending Olympic runner-up probably had the strongest claim, but he elected to compete in the C-1 10000 (where he captured silver) and thus his nation was represented by [István Hernek], the World C-1 1000 runner-up and C-1 10000 bronze medalists. Czechoslovakia, meanwhile, selected [Karel Hradil] in their bid to retain Holeček’s titles. Also in contention were [Leon Rotman] of Romania and [Gennady Bukharin] of the Soviet Union, who had won gold and bronze respectively in the C-1 10000 the previous day. With only nine entrants, the event went straight to the final, where Rotman became Olympic champion for the second time in the tournament, stealing gold from Hernek by a margin of nearly a second. The Hungarian, therefore, had to settle for silver, while Bukharin also repeated his performance from the C-1 10000 by coming in third, well ahead of Hradil.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Leon Rotman 22 Romania ROU Gold 5:05.3
2 István Hernek 21 Hungary HUN Silver 5:06.2
3 Gennady Bukharin 27 Soviet Union URS Bronze 5:12.7
4 Karel Hradil 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 5:15.9
5 Franz Johannsen 35 Germany GER 5:18.6
6 Werner Wettersten 33 Sweden SWE 5:28.0
7 Bryan Harper Australia AUS 5:37.6
8 George Bossy 29 Canada CAN 5:39.4
9 William Schuette 23 United States USA 5:47.7