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Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men

Date26 – 29 August 1960
LocationLago Albano, Castel Gandolfo
Participants22 from 22 countries
Olympic Record 4:07.9 / Gert Fredriksson SWE / 28 July 1952

Sweden’s Gert Fredriksson had won the K-1 1000 at the last three editions of the Olympic Games, as well as the 1950 and 1954 World Championships, but his dominance in the event had been challenged since 1956. Most notably, he had lost the World title to Stefan Kapłaniak of Poland in 1958, a nation that was represented by Ryszard Skwarski at the 1960 Summer Olympics. Nonetheless, Fredriksson was still a force to be reckoned with, and there were no obvious usurpers among the field in Rome. In the opening round, however, he was the slowest automatic qualifier, losing his heat to both Ibragim Khasanov of the Soviet Union and Chick Weijzen of the Netherlands. Denmark’s Erik Hansen, meanwhile, surprised spectators as he set an Olympic record by finishing over four and a half seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, Ronald Rhodes of Great Britain, while Imre Szöllősi of Hungary was victorious in the third heat. Hansen and Szöllősi were only 0.4 seconds apart in winning their semi-final heats, but still five seconds ahead of their closest competition. Rhodes, meanwhile, took the third heat. The final was much closer, but Fredriksson could not keep up with the pace set by the Dane and the Hungarian, the former of whom took gold in Olympic record time. Szöllősi captured silver while Fredriksson, the three-time Olympic champion, was forced to settle for bronze, and even that was nearly taken by Khasanov at the finish line. Szöllősi’s medal was not his only one of the tournament: he was also runner-up in the K-1 4 x 500 metres relay.

1Erik HansenDEN3:57.04 (1 h1)3:57.31 (1 h1)3:53.00 (1)GoldOB
2Imre SzöllősiHUN4:04.23 (1 h2)3:57.71 (1 h2)3:54.02 (2)Silver
3Gert FredrikssonSWE4:07.35 (3 h3)4:03.32 (2 h1)3:55.89 (3)Bronze
4Ibragim KhasanovURS4:06.14 (1 h3)4:05.87 (2 h3)3:56.38 (4)
5Ronald RhodesGBR4:01.68 (2 h1)4:05.20 (1 h3)4:01.15 (5)
6Rolf OlsenNOR4:08.38 (4 h1)4:13.87 (3 h1)4:04.82 (3 h2)4:02.31 (6)
7Wolfgang LangeGER4:05.08 (3 h1)4:02.88 (2 h2)4:03.05 (7)
8Simo KuismanenFIN4:09.78 (5 h2)4:11.50 (1 h1)4:03.42 (3 h1)4:03.66 (8)
9Cesare ZilioliITA4:06.58 (3 h2)4:06.36 (3 h3)4:04.90 (9)
4 h1 r3/4Phil ColesAUS4:06.27 (2 h2)4:08.05 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/4Chick WeijzenNED4:06.77 (2 h3)4:07.30 (4 h2)
4 h3 r3/4Ladislav ČepčianskýTCH4:07.83 (4 h3)4:11.39 (1 h3)4:07.75 (4 h3)
5 h1 r3/4Aleksandar KerčovYUG4:07.08 (4 h2)4:07.33 (2 h2)4:10.27 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4Ryszard SkwarskiPOL4:12.70 (5 h3)4:06.99 (1 h2)4:09.26 (5 h2)
5 h3 r3/4Paul BeachemUSA4:18.64 (7 h2)4:18.17 (3 h2)4:15.10 (5 h3)
6 h1 r3/4Robert De WaeleBEL4:08.60 (5 h1)4:16.61 (3 h3)4:12.48 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4Joaquín LarroyaESP4:12.93 (6 h2)4:13.82 (2 h3)4:20.39 (6 h2)
6 h3 r3/4Herbert WiedermannAUT4:15.71 (6 h3)4:13.73 (2 h1)4:17.45 (6 h3)
4 h1 r2/4Michel MeyerFRA4:40.72 (7 h1)4:24.93 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/4Roland HuberSUI4:26.26 (6 h1)4:24.16 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/4Michael BrownCAN4:27.28 (7 h3)4:55.73 (4 h3)
5 h2 r2/4André ConrardyLUX4:27.38 (8 h3)4:28.40 (5 h2)
DNSLyubomir OresharovBUL– (DNS h1)
DNSIgor LipalitROU– (DNS h2)

Round One (26 August 1960 — 9:20)

Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals. All others advanced to the Repêchage.

Heat One

1Erik HansenDEN3:57.04QOB
2Ronald RhodesGBR4:01.68Q
3Wolfgang LangeGER4:05.08Q
4Rolf OlsenNOR4:08.38
5Robert De WaeleBEL4:08.60
6Roland HuberSUI4:26.26
7Michel MeyerFRA4:40.72
DNSLyubomir OresharovBUL

Heat Two

1Imre SzöllősiHUN4:04.23Q
2Phil ColesAUS4:06.27Q
3Cesare ZilioliITA4:06.58Q
4Aleksandar KerčovYUG4:07.08
5Simo KuismanenFIN4:09.78
6Joaquín LarroyaESP4:12.93
7Paul BeachemUSA4:18.64
DNSIgor LipalitROU

Heat Three

1Ibragim KhasanovURS4:06.14Q
2Chick WeijzenNED4:06.77Q
3Gert FredrikssonSWE4:07.35Q
4Ladislav ČepčianskýTCH4:07.83
5Ryszard SkwarskiPOL4:12.70
6Herbert WiedermannAUT4:15.71
7Michael BrownCAN4:27.28
8André ConrardyLUX4:27.38

Repêchage (26 August 1960 — 15:20)

Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

1Simo KuismanenFIN4:11.50Q
2Herbert WiedermannAUT4:13.73Q
3Rolf OlsenNOR4:13.87Q
4Michel MeyerFRA4:24.93

Heat Two

1Ryszard SkwarskiPOL4:06.99Q
2Aleksandar KerčovYUG4:07.33Q
3Paul BeachemUSA4:18.17Q
4Roland HuberSUI4:24.16
5André ConrardyLUX4:28.40

Heat Three

1Ladislav ČepčianskýTCH4:11.39Q
2Joaquín LarroyaESP4:13.82Q
3Robert De WaeleBEL4:16.61Q
4Michael BrownCAN4:55.73

Semi-Finals (27 August 1960 — 9:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Erik HansenDEN3:57.31Q
2Gert FredrikssonSWE4:03.32Q
3Simo KuismanenFIN4:03.42Q
4Phil ColesAUS4:08.05
5Aleksandar KerčovYUG4:10.27
6Robert De WaeleBEL4:12.48

Heat Two

1Imre SzöllősiHUN3:57.71Q
2Wolfgang LangeGER4:02.88Q
3Rolf OlsenNOR4:04.82Q
4Chick WeijzenNED4:07.30
5Ryszard SkwarskiPOL4:09.26
6Joaquín LarroyaESP4:20.39

Heat Three

1Ronald RhodesGBR4:05.20Q
2Ibragim KhasanovURS4:05.87Q
3Cesare ZilioliITA4:06.36Q
4Ladislav ČepčianskýTCH4:07.75
5Paul BeachemUSA4:15.10
6Herbert WiedermannAUT4:17.45

Final Round (29 August 1960 — 15:20)

1Erik HansenDEN3:53.00OB
2Imre SzöllősiHUN3:54.02
3Gert FredrikssonSWE3:55.89
4Ibragim KhasanovURS3:56.38
5Ronald RhodesGBR4:01.15
6Rolf OlsenNOR4:02.31
7Wolfgang LangeGER4:03.05
8Simo KuismanenFIN4:03.66
9Cesare ZilioliITA4:04.90