Olympic canoeist Gert Fredriksson, July 5 Gert Fredriksson, the most successful male canoeist in Olympic history with six gold medals in four games, died at a hospital in his hometown of Nykoping, Sweden, on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 after a long battle with cancer. He was 86. Fredriksson won his first Olympic gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics winning the 1,000 and 10,000 meter events. His margin of victory in the 10,000 meters was 30.5 seconds, which is still an Olympic record in the event. He also won seven gold medals at the World Championships and 71 medals in the Swedish championships. He is shown here in in a kayak in 1959.
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