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Arne Borg

Full name: Claes Arne Borg
Gender: Male
Born: August 18, 1901 in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 6, 1987 in Vallentuna, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: Stockholms KK, Stockholm (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Twin brother of Åke Borg.

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Arne Borg was one of the prominent swimmers of the 1920s. With his unusual stroke, he set 32 World Records and won 5 Olympic medals. Borg failed to win an Olympic title at the 1924 Olympics, losing to his Australian rival Boy Charlton in the 1500 m freestyle, and to Johnny Weismuller in the 400 m. He finally got his Olympic title in Amsterdam, when he beat Charlton to the 1500 m gold. One year before, Borg had broken the World Record in that event. He had become the first swimmer to complete the distance in less than 20 minutes, and his record stood for nearly 12 years. This time was achieved when Borg won his fifth European title, and shortly after competing with the Swedish water polo team (which placed 2nd) in a match during one of his teeth was knocked out. After Borg failed to show up for conscription and went on holiday, he was briefly imprisoned. The highly popular Borg received food and drinks from fans, and was noted to have gained weight while in jail.

Borg had the following podium finishes at the European Championships: 1st in the 1926 400 metres Freestyle, 1st in the 1926 1500 metres Freestyle, 1st in the 1927 100 metres Freestyle, 1st in the 1927 400 metres Freestyle, 1st in the 1927 1500 metres Freestyle, 2nd in the 1926 100 metres Freestyle, 2nd in the 1927 4×200 metres Freestyle Relay (with Åke Borg, Aulo Gustafsson, and Eskil Lundahl), 3rd in the 1926 4×200 metres Freestyle Relay (with Georg Werner, Åke Borg, and Eskil Lundahl).

Results

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Sweden Final 4 1:02.0
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Sweden Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 1:02.6
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Sweden Round One Heat Six 1 QU 1:05.4

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Sweden Round One Heat Four 4
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Sweden Final 2 5:05.6
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Sweden Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 5:21.4
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Sweden Round One Heat Four 1 QU 5:32.8
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Swimming Sweden Final 3 5:04.6
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Swimming Sweden Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 5:05.4
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Swimming Sweden Round One Heat Four 1 QU 5:09.6

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Sweden Semi-Finals Heat One 4
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Sweden Round One Heat One 3 QC 23:54.4
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Sweden Final 2 20:41.4
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Sweden Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 21:50.8
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Sweden Round One Heat Four 1 QU/WR 21:11.4
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Swimming Sweden Final 1 OR 19:51.8
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Swimming Sweden Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 20:42.0
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Swimming Sweden Round One Heat Five 1 QU 20:14.2

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Sweden SWE Final 4 10:50.2
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QC 10:54.4
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Sweden SWE Final 3 10:06.8
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 10:08.2
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Swimming Sweden SWE Final 5 10:01.8
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Swimming Sweden SWE Round One Heat One 3 QC 10:03.2