Václav Havel (canoeist)

Václav Havel (5 October 1920 – 14 December 1979) was a Czechoslovak slalom and sprint canoeist who competed from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. He was born in Prague (where he also died).[1]

Václav Havel
Medal record
Representing  Czechoslovakia
Men's canoe sprint
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1948 London C-2 10000 m
Canoe Sprint World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1950 Copenhagen C-2 1000 m
Men's canoe slalom
Canoe Slalom World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1957 Augsburg C-2 team
Silver medal – second place 1951 Steyr C-2 team
Silver medal – second place 1957 Augsburg C-2
Silver medal – second place 1959 Geneva C-2
Silver medal – second place 1959 Geneva C-2 team
Bronze medal – third place 1951 Steyr C-2
Bronze medal – third place 1953 Meran C-2 team

Havel won a silver medal in the C-2 10,000 m event at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. He also won a bronze medal in the C-2 1,000 m event at the 1950 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Copenhagen.

He also competed in slalom canoeing, winning seven medals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. This included a gold (C-2 team: 1957), four silvers (C-2: 1957, 1959; C-2 team: 1951, 1959) and two bronzes (C-2: 1951, C-2 team: 1953).


  1. ^ "Sports-reference.com profile". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2014.