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  • News | Rome 1960

    Fredriksson stages stylish farewell in kayak doubles

    Sweden's Gert Fredriksson, who competed at the top level over the course of more than two decades, is arguably the greatest canoeist of all time. He began competing in 1942, but the Second World War meant he didn't make his Olympic debut until 1948, by which time he was 28. He won two gold medals in London, then added a gold and a silver four years later in Helsinki and then two more golds in Melbourne in 1956.
    29 Aug 1960 | Rome 1960, Canoe / Kayak, Sweden
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Székely edges compatriot Novák in breaststroke duel

    It was in Helsinki that the butterfly first truly rose to prominence. It had only been adopted relatively recently by top-class swimmers, and was not yet sufficiently established to be given a race of its own, in instead being classed as being a type of breaststroke.
    29 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Swimming, Hungary
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Strömberg makes waves on home waters

    As host nation, Finland was optimistic of securing a good crop of gold medals, and one of their greatest hopes was in the canoeing.
    28 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Canoe, Finland
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