Full name: Knut Henry Eriksson
Height: 6'0" (184 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: January 23, 1920 in Krylbo, Avesta, Dalarna, Sweden
Died: January 8, 2000 in Gävle, Gävleborg, Sweden
Affiliations: Gefle IF, Gävle (SWE)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Sweden possessed a large group of top milers at the 1948 Olympics, as three Swedes had topped the 1947 season best list. The top favourite was 1946 European Champion Lennart Strand, who had beaten Henry Eriksson to the title. In London, the two were once again sprinting for the gold, but this time Eriksson was the stronger runner, taking the championship in the middle of an English downpour. Eriksson finished his athletic career after the London Olympics, returning to his job as a fireman. Remarkably, Eriksson had shared a 4×1500 metres World Record with three other fireman from his athletics club in Gävle, Sweden.
Personal Best: 1500 – 3:44.7 (1947).
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