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Josef Holeček

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJosef•Holeček
Used nameJosef•Holeček
Born25 January 1921 in Říčany (CZE)
Died20 February 2005 in Praha (Prague) (CZE)
NOC Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czech Republic

Biography

Already one of the Czechoslovakia’s best canoeists before the outbreak of World War II, Josef Holeček had to wait until 1948 before he could compete in a major international competition. In London, he won the canoe sprint (C1 1000 m), with a margin of over 10 seconds. He confirmed his status as the best canoe sprinter in 1950, winning the world title in Denmark, while also taking silver over 10,000 m. In 1952, he successfully defended his Olympic title, once again with a comfortable victory margin. He retired shortly afterwards to focus on his career in foreign trade.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1948 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) TCH CZE Josef Holeček
Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1952 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) TCH CZE Josef Holeček
Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

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