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Göran Claeson

Full name: Rolf Göran Claeson
Gender: Male
Height: 6'3" (191 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: March 4, 1945 in Älvsjö, Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: Södermalms IK, Bromma (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Göran Claeson enjoyed his greatest competitive year in 1973. With his largest rivals retiring or turning pro after the Sapporo Olympics, he claimed both the European and World Allround Championships. Claeson would retain his European title in 1974, while placing third in that year's Worlds. Earlier, he had already been runner-up at the Worlds (1969, 1971) and third at the Europeans (1969-70). Due to his great middle distances, Claeson also performed well in the World Sprint Championships, placing 5th in 1970 and 8th in 1973. The 1972 Olympic season was nearly a failure for the Stockholm skater, finishing just out of the medals in most major events. However, he saved his season with a third place in the Olympic 1,500 m, beating out Bjørn Tveter by a mere 0.05 seconds. Claeson also won seven Swedish allround titles (1969-1975) and 18 distance titles over 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 m. In 1969, he bettered the allround points world record, and his 1973 World Championship win also earned him the Oscar Mathisen Trophy of that season. After his speed skating career, Claeson worked for a large Swedish insurer, Folksam. He also stayed active in speed skating, as a youth trainer.

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.2 (1972); 1000 – 1:20.2 (1971); 1500 – 2:00.1 (1971); 5000 – 7:17.0 (1969); 10000 – 15:18.7 (1971).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Winter 22 Grenoble Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Sweden SWE 20
1972 Winter 26 Sapporo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1972 Winter 26 Sapporo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 4
1972 Winter 26 Sapporo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 6

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1968 Winter 22 Grenoble Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 20 2:08.6 27 59 1:33
1972 Winter 26 Sapporo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 3 2:05.89 27.06 58.08 1:32.05

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1972 Winter 26 Sapporo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 4 7:36.17 20.0 54.5 1:30.4 2:06.6 2:42.6 3:19.39 3:56.02 4:32.55 5:09.04 5:46.20 6:23.20 7:00.00

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1972 Winter 26 Sapporo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 6 15:30.19 39.0 1:14.5 1:50.6 2:26.6 3:02.8 3:39.1 4:15.3 4:52.0 5:28.9 6:06.2 6:43.5 7:21.0 7:58.8 8:36.3 9:14.0 9:51.7 10:29.6 11:07.7 11:45.3 12:23.3 13:01.2 13:39.3 14:16.8 14:53.6
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