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Canadian Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men

Date 1 December 1956
LocationLake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria
Participants20 from 10 countries

Only two prior Olympic medalists in the C-2 1000 travelled to the 1956 Summer Olympics for another chance at glory, Germany’s Egon Drews, a 1956 bronze medalist, and Georges Dransart, who achieved the same result in 1948. Dransart was also the only World medalist present in Melbourne, having been runner-up in 1950, and had also won a silver medal in the C-2 10000 with his partner Marcel Renaud the previous day. The reigning World Champions, the Austrians, were represented by Otto Schindler and Walter Waldner, while defending Olympic champion Denmark sent Kaj Sylvan and Gerner Christiansen. All this meant that there were no particularly strong favorites in this event.

The opening heats were won by Alexe Dumitru and Simion Ismailciuc of Romania, who were relatively unknown, and Hungary’s Ferenc Mohácsi and Károly Wieland, the latter of whom was one of the reigning World Champions in the C-2 10000. Drews and his partner Herbert Kirschner, meanwhile, were eliminated in the Romanian heat. The final developed into a race to the finish between Dumitru and Ismailciuc and the Soviet duo of Pavel Kharin and Gratsian Botev, which the former won, leaving silver to the latter. The Hungarians, meanwhile, were far enough ahead of the rest of the field (albeit even farther behind the leaders) that they captured bronze with ease. The Danes, however, had worse luck, as Sylvan and Christiansen were disqualified for crossing into another lane. Kharin and Botev’s medal was their second of the tournament, as they had also won the C-2 10000 the day before.

1Dumitru Alexe / Simion IsmailciucROU4:48.1 (1 h1)4:47.4 (1)Gold
2Pavel Kharin / Gratsian BotevURS4:52.4 (2 h1)4:48.6 (2)Silver
3Károly Wieland / Ferenc MohácsiHUN5:02.5 (1 h2)4:54.3 (3)Bronze
4Georges Dransart / Marcel RenaudFRA5:07.2 (3 h2)4:57.7 (4)
5Bill Jones / Tom OhmanAUS5:04.6 (2 h2)5:03.0 (5)
6Otto Schindler / Walter WaldnerAUT5:05.9 (3 h1)5:04.4 (6)
7Bill Collins / Bert OldershawCAN5:08.9 (4 h2)5:11.0 (7)
AC r2/2Kaj Sylvan / Gerner ChristiansenDEN5:07.5 (4 h1)– (DQ)
5 h1 r1/2Egon Drews / Herbert KirschnerGER5:19.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2George Byers / Richard MoranUSA5:16.1 (5 h2)

Round One

Date1 December 1956 — 9:00
FormatTop four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat #1

1Dumitru Alexe / Simion IsmailciucROU4:48.1Q
2Pavel Kharin / Gratsian BotevURS4:52.4Q
3Otto Schindler / Walter WaldnerAUT5:05.9Q
4Kaj Sylvan / Gerner ChristiansenDEN5:07.5Q
5Egon Drews / Herbert KirschnerGER5:19.8

Heat #2

1Károly Wieland / Ferenc MohácsiHUN5:02.5Q
2Bill Jones / Tom OhmanAUS5:04.6Q
3Georges Dransart / Marcel RenaudFRA5:07.2Q
4Bill Collins / Bert OldershawCAN5:08.9Q
5George Byers / Richard MoranUSA5:16.1

Final Round

Date1 December 1956 — 16:00
1Dumitru Alexe / Simion IsmailciucROU4:47.4
2Pavel Kharin / Gratsian BotevURS4:48.6
3Károly Wieland / Ferenc MohácsiHUN4:54.3
4Georges Dransart / Marcel RenaudFRA4:57.7
5Bill Jones / Tom OhmanAUS5:03.0
6Otto Schindler / Walter WaldnerAUT5:04.4
7Bill Collins / Bert OldershawCAN5:11.0
DQKaj Sylvan / Gerner ChristiansenDEN