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Kayak Doubles, 10,000 metres, Men

Date30 November 1956 — 9:00
LocationLake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria
Participants24 from 12 countries
FormatFinal only.

Canoeing’s 10000 metre distance events appeared for the last time at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Yrjö Hietanen, one half of the Finnish duo that won the K-2 1000 and 10000 at the 1952 Summer Olympics, returned to the Games in 1956 to defend the latter title, brining Simo Kuismanen with him. The only other returning Olympic medalist was runner-up Hans Wetterström, who was also accompanied by a new partner, Carl-Gunnar Sundin. Wetterström and Sundin were also half of the silver medal-winning K-4 10000 crew at the 1954 World Championships. The reigning World Champions were Herbert Wiedermann and Max Raub of Austria, but they attempted to improve their results in the K-2 1000 from 1952, in which they had won bronze, and thus their nation was represented by Alfred Schmidtberger and Hermann Salzner. Reigning World bronze medalist Germany sent Fritz Briel and Theo Kleine. Much of the race was a battle between a leading group of four crews, Sweden, Germany, Hungary’s János Urányi and László Fábián, and Australia’s Dennis Green and Walter Brown but, as the finish line approached, the Swedes dropped back while Germany and Hungary went neck and neck towards the end. The Hungarians managed a slight advantage and won gold, leaving silver for the Germans and a surprise bronze medal for the Australians.

1János Urányi / László FábiánHUN43:37.0
2Fritz Briel / Theo KleineGER43:40.6
3Dennis Green / Walter BrownAUS43:43.2
4Hans Wetterström / Carl-Gunnar SundinSWE44:06.7
5Yevgeny Yatsinenko / Sergey KlimovURS45:49.3
6Miroslav Jemelka / Rudolf KlabouchTCH46:13.1
7Yrjö Hietanen / Simo KuismanenFIN46:40.4
8Brian Bullivant / Ray BlickGBR47:03.7
9Maurice Graffen / Michel MeyerFRA47:12.8
10Jerzy Górski / Stefan KapłaniakPOL47:21.5
11Alfred Schmidtberger / Hermann SalznerAUT49:03.7
12Edward Houston / Ken WilsonUSA51:25.8