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Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men

Date28 July 1952
LocationTaivallahti, Helsinki
Participants10 from 10 countries
Olympic Record 5:32.1 / Frank Amyot CAN / 8 August 1936

Josef Holeček was the reigning Olympic and World C-1 1000 Champion, as well as the most recent World runner-up in the C-1 10000, and was the heavy favorite to win gold again at the 1952 Summer Olympics. In Helsinki he was effectively unchallenged, winning his opening heat by nearly four seconds and the final by over seven. János Parti of Hungary took silver, while Olavi Ojanperä of Finland captured bronze. American Frank Havens, who had won the C-1 10000 the previous day and had the potential to medal in this event, came in fourth.

1Josef HolečekTCH5:06.0 (1 h2)4:56.3 (1)Gold
2János PartiHUN4:58.5 (2 h1)5:03.6 (2)Silver
3Olavi OjanperäFIN5:09.8 (2 h2)5:08.5 (3)Bronze
4Frank HavensUSA5:09.3 (3 h1)5:13.7 (4)
5Ingemar AnderssonSWE5:11.9 (4 h1)5:15.0 (5)
6Ralf BerckhanGER5:17.3 (3 h2)5:22.8 (6)
7Jean MolleFRA4:56.1 (1 h1)5:24.1 (7)
8Vladimir KotyrevURS5:21.2 (4 h2)5:24.5 (8)
5 h1 r1/2George BossyCAN5:25.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2Gerald MarchandGBR5:28.8 (5 h2)

Round One (28 July 1952 — 12:30)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Jean MolleFRA4:56.1QOB
2János PartiHUN4:58.5Q
3Frank HavensUSA5:09.3Q
4Ingemar AnderssonSWE5:11.9Q
5George BossyCAN5:25.8

Heat Two

1Josef HolečekTCH5:06.0Q
2Olavi OjanperäFIN5:09.8Q
3Ralf BerckhanGER5:17.3Q
4Vladimir KotyrevURS5:21.2Q
5Gerald MarchandGBR5:28.8

Final Round (28 July 1952 — 17:20)

1Josef HolečekTCH4:56.3
2János PartiHUN5:03.6
3Olavi OjanperäFIN5:08.5
4Frank HavensUSA5:13.7
5Ingemar AnderssonSWE5:15.0
6Ralf BerckhanGER5:22.8
7Jean MolleFRA5:24.1
8Vladimir KotyrevURS5:24.5