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Gunnar Åkerlund

Full name: Ernst Gunnar Åkerlund
Gender: Male
Born: November 20, 1923 in Nyköping, Södermanland, Sweden
Died: October 4, 2006 in Nyköping, Södermanland, Sweden
Affiliations: Nyköpings Kanotklubb, Nyköping (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Hans Wetterström and Gunnar Åkerlund were the strongest long distance kayakers in the world after the Second World War. They won the Olympic title in the K2 10,000 m at the 1948 Olympics, and confirmed their status at the 1950 World Championships. At the 1952 Games, they were eclipsed by the Finnish pair, who won the gold by just 0.4 seconds. Both also were part of the Swedish K4 in the 1,000 m that won gold (together with Hans Berglund and Lennart Klingström) at the 1948 World Championships (held in conjunction with the Olympics) and silver (together with Sven-Olov Sjödelius and the non-Olympian Ebbe Frick) in 1950.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 24 London Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 2 Silver

Men's Kayak Doubles, 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T
1948 Summer 24 London Canoeing Sweden SWE Hans Wetterström Final Standings 1948-08-11 46:09.4
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Canoeing Sweden SWE Hans Wetterström Final Standings 1952-07-27 44:21.7
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