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František Čapek

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrantišek•Čapek
Used nameFrantišek•Čapek
Born24 October 1914 in Branice (CZE)
Died31 January 2008 in Praha (Prague) (CZE)
AffiliationsDukla Praha, Praha (CZE)
NOC Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czech Republic


František Čapek started out as a boxer, but he switched to canoeing when already in his twenties. Originally competing for KVS Praha, he switched to army club Dukla Praha after the war. Čapek’s greatest triumph came in the 1948 Olympics, when he won the now defunct C-1 10,000 m event. Olympic competition began poorly for him, as Čapek couldn’t manage his usual 30 push-ups before the race, but he proceeded to win the race with a comfortable 200 m victory margin. He won his only other international medal in 1954, when, aged 38, he placed second behind compatriot Jiří Vokněr at the World Championships in Mâcon, France. Čapek also won seven national titles. After ending his competitive career, he remained involved in canoeing, working as a coach for Dukla until his retirement in 1978. Čapek, who had been honored for his involvement in the 1945 Prague Uprising, kept practising sports well into his eighties.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1948 Summer Olympics Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) TCH CZE František Čapek
Canadian Singles, 10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

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