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Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men

Date12 August 1948
LocationHenley Royal Regatta Course, Henley-on-Thames
Participants15 from 15 countries
Olympic Record 4:22.9 / Gregor Hradetzky AUT / 8 August 1936

Due to World War II, there had been no recent Canoe Sprint World Championships, which, at the time, was the best predictor of Olympic success in the sport. Gert Fredriksson of Sweden, however, had gained a reputation for his success in smaller European events and was considered the favorite in both this event and the K-1 10000, which he had won the day before. Despite the time that had elapsed, three participants had won medals at the previous Olympics or World Championships: Wim van der Kroft of the Netherlands (bronze in the 1936 K-2 1000), Henri Eberhardt of France (silver in the 1936 Folding K-1 10000), and Czesław Sobieraj of Poland (silver in the 1938 K-1 10000). The opening heats were won by Fredriksson and Denmark’s Frederik Kobberup Andersen, but the former was clearly the star of the tournament and went on to win this event by a margin of over 6½ seconds ahead of Andersen, who took silver. Eberhardt, meanwhile, battled Norway’s Hans Martin Gulbrandsen to the finish line and captured bronze with only 0.3 seconds to spare.

147Gert FredrikssonSWE4:51.9 (1 h1)4:33.2 (1)Gold
238Frederik Kobberup AndersenDEN4:40.9 (1 h2)4:39.9 (2)Silver
340Henri EberhardtFRA4:45.5 (3 h2)4:41.4 (3)Bronze
445Hans Martin GulbrandsenNOR4:45.4 (2 h2)4:41.7 (4)
542Wim van der KroftNED4:46.2 (4 h2)4:43.5 (5)
639Harry ÅkerfeltFIN4:52.0 (2 h1)4:44.2 (6)
737Luboš VamberaTCH4:52.8 (4 h1)4:44.3 (7)
834Walter PiemannAUT4:52.2 (3 h1)4:50.3 (8)
5 h1 r1/235Julien BogaertBEL5:00.1 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/246Czesław SobierajPOL4:46.5 (5 h2)
6 h1 r1/248Hans StraubSUI5:05.5 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/249Thomas HortonUSA4:58.0 (6 h2)
7 h1 r1/244Marcel LentzLUX5:10.8 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/243János ToldiHUN4:59.8 (7 h2)
8 h2 r1/241Norman DobsonGBR5:00.1 (8 h2)
DNS36Henry HarperCAN– (DNS h1)

Round One (12 August 1948 — 9:30)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

14Gert FredrikssonSWE4:51.9Q
22Harry ÅkerfeltFIN4:52.0Q
33Walter PiemannAUT4:52.2Q
41Luboš VamberaTCH4:52.8Q
57Julien BogaertBEL5:00.1
68Hans StraubSUI5:05.5
76Marcel LentzLUX5:10.8
DNS5Henry HarperCAN

Heat Two

18Frederik Kobberup AndersenDEN4:40.9Q
23Hans Martin GulbrandsenNOR4:45.4Q
32Henri EberhardtFRA4:45.5Q
44Wim van der KroftNED4:46.2Q
51Czesław SobierajPOL4:46.5
65Thomas HortonUSA4:58.0
76János ToldiHUN4:59.81
87Norman DobsonGBR5:00.1

Final Round (12 August 1948 — 19:00)

1Gert FredrikssonSWE4:33.2
2Frederik Kobberup AndersenDEN4:39.9
3Henri EberhardtFRA4:41.4
4Hans Martin GulbrandsenNOR4:41.7
5Wim van der KroftNED4:43.5
6Harry ÅkerfeltFIN4:44.2
7Luboš VamberaTCH4:44.3
8Walter PiemannAUT4:50.3