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Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men

Date28 July 1952
LocationTaivallahti, Helsinki
Participants20 from 20 countries
Olympic Record 4:22.9 / Gregor Hradetzky AUT / 8 August 1936

Gert Fredriksson of Sweden, the reigning Olympic champion in the K-1 1000 and 10000, was the favorite to defend both of his titles at the 1952 Summer Olympics. He was also a multiple World Championship medalist from 1948 and 1950, with the most relevant for the Olympic K-1 1000 being his title in the event from 1950. Finland’s Thorvald Strömberg, meanwhile, was the current World runner-up. Fredriksson came in third in his heat in the opening round, behind Strömberg and Lev Nikitin of the Soviet Union, while the other heats were won by Rik Verbrugghe of Belgium and Wim van der Kroft of the Netherlands, the latter of whom was a bronze medalist from the 1936 Olympic K-2 1000. In the final, Fredriksson took command of the race at the halfway point and never relented, winning the gold medal and leaving silver for Strömberg, a reversal of their fortunes from the previous day’s K-1 10000. France’s Louis Gantois, meanwhile, edged out van der Kroft for the bronze medal.

1Gert FredrikssonSWE4:17.6 (3 h3)4:07.9 (1)GoldOB
2Thorvald StrömbergFIN4:15.5 (1 h3)4:09.7 (2)Silver
3Louis GantoisFRA4:22.2 (3 h2)4:20.1 (3)Bronze
4Wim van der KroftNED4:20.3 (1 h2)4:20.8 (4)
5Meinrad MiltenbergerGER4:21.2 (2 h2)4:21.6 (5)
6Luboš VamberaTCH4:30.1 (2 h1)4:24.0 (6)
7Rik VerbruggheBEL4:27.7 (1 h1)4:25.0 (7)
8Lev NikitinURS4:17.1 (2 h3)4:26.2 (8)
9Bert OldershawCAN4:30.7 (3 h1)4:26.5 (9)
4 h1 r1/2Giorgio PiccinelliITA4:38.5 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2Knud AlbjergDEN4:24.2 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/2János UrányiHUN4:20.9 (4 h3)
5 h1 r1/2Michael BudrockUSA4:39.5 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2Per JohnsenNOR4:25.2 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/2Herbert SchreinerAUT4:22.9 (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/2Hansrüdi EnglerSUI4:39.7 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2Josip LipokatićYUG4:35.2 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2Mircea AnastasescuROU4:32.9 (6 h3)
7 h1 r1/2Geoffrey ColyerGBR4:39.9 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2Roland LickerLUX4:48.1 (7 h2)

Round One (28 July 1952 — 10:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Rik VerbruggheBEL4:27.7Q
2Luboš VamberaTCH4:30.1Q
3Bert OldershawCAN4:30.7Q
4Giorgio PiccinelliITA4:38.5
5Michael BudrockUSA4:39.5
6Hansrüdi EnglerSUI4:39.7
7Geoffrey ColyerGBR4:39.9

Heat Two

1Wim van der KroftNED4:20.3QOB
2Meinrad MiltenbergerGER4:21.2Q
3Louis GantoisFRA4:22.2Q
4Knud AlbjergDEN4:24.2
5Per JohnsenNOR4:25.2
6Josip LipokatićYUG4:35.2
7Roland LickerLUX4:48.1

Heat Three

1Thorvald StrömbergFIN4:15.5QOB
2Lev NikitinURS4:17.1Q
3Gert FredrikssonSWE4:17.6Q
4János UrányiHUN4:20.9
5Herbert SchreinerAUT4:22.9
6Mircea AnastasescuROU4:32.9

Final Round (28 July 1952 — 18:00)

1Gert FredrikssonSWE4:07.9OB
2Thorvald StrömbergFIN4:09.7
3Louis GantoisFRA4:20.1
4Wim van der KroftNED4:20.8
5Meinrad MiltenbergerGER4:21.6
6Luboš VamberaTCH4:24.0
7Rik VerbruggheBEL4:25.0
8Lev NikitinURS4:26.2
9Bert OldershawCAN4:26.5