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Kayak Doubles, 10,000 metres, Men

Date11 August 1948 — 14:30
StatusOlympic
LocationHenley Royal Regatta Course, Henley-on-Thames
Participants30 from 15 countries
FormatFinal only.
Attendance0

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. The Scandinavian nations, however, were considered as having the strongest crews in the sport, particularly Sweden, who sent Gunnar Åkerlund and Hans Wetterström to the 1948 Summer Olympics. Due to the fact that the Henley could only accommodate a limited number of boats, and the International Canoe Federation forbade heats in races of this distance, the competitors began at intervals of 30 seconds. According to the Official Report, “[t]his decision, although inevitable, was not popular, since it is impossible for a competitor to judge his position relative to the others, and he is forced to race to the clock, an extremely difficult technique.” The Swedish duo captured the gold medal, as expected, with Ivar Mathisen and Knut Østby of Norway crossing the line next for silver, and Finland’s Ture Axelsson and Nils Björklöf taking bronze. Axelsson and Björklöf would go on to win bronze in the K-2 1000 the following day.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1SwedenSWE46:09.4Gold
Gunnar ÅkerlundHans Wetterström
2NorwayNOR46:44.8Silver
Ivar MathisenKnut Østby
3FinlandFIN46:48.2Bronze
Ture AxelssonNils Björklöf
4DenmarkDEN47:17.5
Alfred ChristensenFinn Rasmussen
5HungaryHUN47:33.1
Gyula AndrásiJános Urányi
6NetherlandsNED47:35.6
Cees KochHarry Stroo
7CzechoslovakiaTCH48:14.9
Ludvík KlímaKarel Lomecký
8BelgiumBEL48:23.1
Hilaire DeprezJozef Massy
9AustriaAUT48:24.5
Walter PiemannAlfred Umgeher
10PolandPOL48:25.6
Alfons JeżewskiMarian Matłoka
11SwitzerlandSUI48:33.2
Fritz FreyWerner Zimmermann
12FranceFRA50:10.1
René FlècheMaurice Graffen
13United StatesUSA50:26.6
Ray ClarkJohn Eiseman
14CanadaCAN53:04.2
Gerald CoveyHenry Harper
15LuxembourgLUX53:04.6
René FonckJean Nickels