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Johan Granath

Full name: Karl Johan Granath
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: March 4, 1950 in Köping, Västmanland, Sweden
Affiliations: SK Pollux, Västerås (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Brother of Oloph Granath.

Biography

Johan Granath, from Västerås, won the 1976 World Sprint title – a rather easy title to win, as the Soviet Union and the other Eastern European countries boycotted the championships for political reasons, because they were held in West Berlin. [Jos Valentijn] seemed to be heading for the title, when he was in the lead after three distances, but he was disqualified on the final 1,000 m because of three false starts, giving the title to Granath. Granath also won a bronze medal at the Worlds in 1978, and reached the top 10 on nine occasions. His Olympic career was unremarkable, finishing 16th in both sprint distances in 1972, 13th in both events in 1976, and falling both times in 1980. In 1984 he ended his speed skating career in a sad way. He was caught in a doping test and was suspended for 18 months. After his active career Granath took up coaching. Among his pupils was the 2000 World Junior Champion Johan Röjler. Johan's brother, Oloph Granath, was also a top international sprinter in the 1970s.

Personal Bests\: 500 – 38.11 (1978); 1000 – 1:15.89 (1980); 1500 – 2:01.59 (1980); 5000 – 7:42.75 (1982); 10000 – 16:14.07 (1982).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Sweden SWE 16
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Sweden SWE 16
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Sweden SWE 13
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Sweden SWE 13
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Sweden SWE 36 fall
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Sweden SWE AC DNF/fall

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 16 40.79 9.86
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 13 40.25 10.12
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 36 fall 1:21.44 10.39

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 13 1:22.63 17.66 48.67
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings AC DNF/fall

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 16 2:10.21 26.1 58.7 1:32.9
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