Gert FREDRIKSSON

Sweden SWE

  • Olympic Medals
    6 G
    1 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    London 1948
  • Year of Birth
    1919
Olympic Results

Biography

Gert FREDRIKSSON

Competing at every edition of the Games from London 1948 through to Rome 1960, Sweden’s Gert Fredriksson won more Olympic medals than any other male kayaker in history.

A record margin in London

On 11 August 1948, the crowds who had gathered to watch the K-1 10,000m final on the banks of the River Thames at Henley saw history being made. Unusually for a kayak event, the final was a race “against the clock”, with each competitor making a staggered start in intervals of 30 seconds. Sweden’s Gert Fredriksson rose to the challenge superbly to record a time of 50.47:7 and leave second-placed Kurt Wires of Finland, trailing in his wake by a margin of 30.5 seconds. To this day, it remains the biggest winning margin in the history of the event. The final of the K-1 1,000m the following day reverted to a conventional group start but the outcome was the same, as the Swede was once more in unbeatable form. Holding back in fourth place for much of the race, he then accelerated into finish, crossing the line more than six seconds ahead of Norway’s Johan Frederik Kobberup. Fredriksson’s exploits at London 1948 were to be just the start of the Olympic journey for the 29-year old Nyköping-born paddler, whose impressive technique allied to enormous physical and mental strength, would provide him with the formula for success for over a decade.

Olympic treble over 1,000m

At Helsinki 1952, Fredriksson defended his K-1 1,000m title with another fine display of power kayaking, but had to settle for silver in the K-1 10,000m, finishing behind Finland’s Thorvald Strömberg. Four years later, on Lake Wendouree outside Melbourne, he reprised his achievements of London 1948, as he notched a third consecutive Olympic title in the K-1 1,000m and exacted his revenge on Strömberg over the longer distance, to secure a second golden double.

Last triumph in Rome

Fredriksson was back on the start line on Lake Albano, the hub for the rowing, canoe and kayak events at Rome 1960. Despite the fact that he was now 41, he took bronze in the K-1 1,000m and then secured another gold together with Sven-Olov Sjödelius in the K-2 1,000m. With eight medals, including six gold, he remains the most successful male kayaker in Olympic history.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rome 1960

B
Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres
Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres Canoeing
G
Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres
Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres Canoeing
#3 h2 r3/4
Kayak Relay 4 x 500 metres
Kayak Relay 4 x 500 metres Canoeing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Melbourne 1956

G
Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres
Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres Canoeing
G
Kayak Singles, 10,000 metres
Kayak Singles, 10,000 metres Canoeing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Helsinki 1952

G
Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres
Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres Canoeing
S
Kayak Singles, 10,000 metres
Kayak Singles, 10,000 metres Canoeing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

London 1948

G
Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres
Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres Canoeing
G
Kayak Singles, 10,000 metres
Kayak Singles, 10,000 metres Canoeing