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Kayak Doubles, 10,000 metres, Men

Date27 July 1952 — 17:00
LocationTaivallahti, Helsinki
Participants36 from 18 countries
FormatFinal only.

Gunnar Åkerlund and Hans Wetterström were, among other titles, the reigning Olympic and World Champions in the K-2 10000 and favorites to repeat their victory at the 1952 Summer Olympics. Their strongest challengers included Ivar Mathisen and Knut Østby of Norway, the 1948 Olympic K-2 10000 and 1950 World K-2 1000 runners-up, and Ingvard Nørregaard and Svend Frømming of Denmark, the 1950 World K-2 10000 silver medalists. It was Yrjö Hietanen and Kurt Wires of Finland who led the race for the entire course, however, the latter of whom was the 1948 Olympic runner-up in the K-1 10000. Near the end, the Swedes undertook a strong drive to overtake the Finns that nearly succeeded, but Hietanen and Wires were able to respond in kind and just barely claimed the gold medal at the finish line, with only 0.4 seconds to spare. The 1948 champions, therefore, had to settle for silver, while the Hungarian duo of Ferenc Varga and József Gurovits captured a surprise bronze medal. Hietanen and Wires, meanwhile, would go on to win another gold medal against Sweden in the K-2 1000 the following day.

1Kurt Wires / Yrjö HietanenFIN44:21.3
2Gunnar Åkerlund / Hans WetterströmSWE44:21.7
3Ferenc Varga / József GurovitsHUN44:26.6
4Max Raub / Herbert WiedermannAUT44:29.1
5Ivar Mathisen / Knut ØstbyNOR45:04.7
6Karl Heinz Schäfer / Meinrad MiltenbergerGER45:15.2
7Rudolf Klabouch / Bedřich DvořákTCH45:39.6
8Ingvard Nørregaard / Svend FrømmingDEN45:59.6
9Cees Koch / Jan KlingersNED46:09.6
10Igor Feoktistov / Nikolay TetyorkinURS47:00.9
11Bill Brigden / James NickelCAN47:53.2
12Heinrich Heß / Kurt ZimmerSAA48:05.6
13Josy Koelsch / Georges KunzFRA48:23.2
14John Anderson / Paul BochnewichUSA48:30.7
15Graham Palmer / Ray ParkerGBR48:32.6
16Werner Müller / Werner BieriSUI49:21.2
17Raffaele Bastoni / Dante AgostiniITA49:21.8
18Eugène Hanck / Roland LickerLUX50:08.4