at the Games of the XVII Olympiad
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Men's K-2 1000 metres medalist at the 1960 Summer Olympics. 1st: Sweden with Gert Fredriksson and Sven-Olov Sjödelius. 2nd: Hungary with András Szente and György Mészáros. 3rd: Poland with Stefan Kapłaniak and Władysław Zieliński.
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At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, seven events in sprint canoe racing were contested at Lake Albano. Four changes were done to the program. First, the 10000 metre events that were raced from 1936 to 1956 were permanently dropped from the Olympic program, leaving all races at the 500 metre and 1000 metre distances. Second, the women's K-2 500 m event was added to the program, as was a men's K-1 4 × 500 m relay event (though for these games). Third, event timing in 1/100ths of a second at these games. Fourth, a repechage system was introduced that was used to the 1996 games in Atlanta at Lake Lanier.

Medal table

1 Soviet Union (URS)3104
2 Hungary (HUN)1326
3 United Team of Germany (EUA)1203
4 Denmark (DEN)1012
 Sweden (SWE)1012
6 Italy (ITA)0101
7 Poland (POL)0022
8 Romania (ROU)0011
Totals (8 entries)77721

Medal summary

Men's events

Games Gold Silver Bronze
C-1 1000 m
János Parti
Aleksandr Silayev
 Soviet Union
Leon Rotman
C-2 1000 m
 Leonid Geishtor
and Sergei Makarenko (URS)
 Aldo Dezi
and Francesco La Macchia (ITA)
 Imre Farkas
and András Törő (HUN)
K-1 1000 m
Erik Hansen
Imre Szöllősi
Gert Fredriksson
K-1 4 × 500 m relay
 United Team of Germany (EUA)
Dieter Krause
Günther Perleberg
Paul Lange
Friedhelm Wentzke
 Hungary (HUN)
Imre Szöllősi
Imre Kemeczei
András Szente
György Mészáros
 Denmark (DEN)
Erik Hansen
Helmuth Nyborg
Arne Høyer
Erling Jessen
K-2 1000 m
 Gert Fredriksson
and Sven-Olov Sjödelius (SWE)
 György Mészáros
and András Szente (HUN)
 Stefan Kapłaniak
and Władysław Zieliński (POL)

Women's events

Games Gold Silver Bronze
K-1 500 metres
Antonina Seredina
 Soviet Union
Therese Zenz
 United Team of Germany
Daniela Walkowiak
K-2 500 metres
 Mariya Shubina
and Antonina Seredina (URS)
 Therese Zenz
and Ingrid Hartmann (EUA)
 Klára Fried-Bánfalvi
and Vilma Egresi (HUN)