Dennis Green

1931 –

Australia’s first medal in Olympic canoeing was won by champion surf skiers Wally Brown and Dennis Green at Melbourne 1956. They finished a creditable seventh in an otherwise all-European final of the 1000 metres kayak pairs. In the last Olympic staging of the gruelling 10000 metres kayak pairs they finished a gallant third, just over six seconds behind the infinitely more experienced and victorious Hungarians. Australia had to wait until John Sumegi's silver medal in the 500 metres kayak singles at Moscow 1980 before it won its next Olympic medal in canoeing. Green competed again at Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968 and Munich 1972, where he carried the Australian flag in the Opening Ceremony.

Olympic Results

Munich 1972 - Summer Olympic Games

K-4 - 1000m - Men
Heat GREEN, D; HEUSSNER, D; FOX, R; JEFFERY, G 3:24.63 5
Repechage GREEN, D; HEUSSNER, D; FOX, R; JEFFERY, G 3:16.24 3
Semi Final GREEN, D; HEUSSNER, D; FOX, R; JEFFERY, G 3:13.76 5
Final Placing 14 / 20

Mexico City 1968 - Summer Olympic Games

K-4 - 1000m - Men
Heat 1 3:27.30 (6th)
Repechage 1 3:31.79 (3rd)
Semi Final 2 3:24.79 (4th)
Final Placing 12 / 19

Tokyo 1964 - Summer Olympic Games

K-4 - 1000m - Men
Heat 3:21.20 4th
Repechage 1st
Semi Final 3:29.97 3rd
Final 3:21.69 9th
Final Placing 9 / 11

Rome 1960 - Summer Olympic Games

K-2 - 1000m - Men
Heat 1 3:46.71 (5th)
Repechage 2 3:51.24 (1st)
Semi Final 3:55.22 (6th)
Final Placing 17 / 23
K-4 - 500m - Men
Heat 3 8:17.52 (5th)
Repechage 1 8:13.22 (2nd)
Semi Final 8:09.02 (3rd)
Final Placing 9 / 18

Melbourne 1956 - Summer Olympic Games

K-2 - 10000m - Men
Final 43:43.2 (3rd)  
Final Placing 3 / 12
K-2 - 1000m - Men
Heat 3 4:03.0 (1st)
Final 3:59.7 (7th)
Final Placing 7 / 14