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Tomas Gustafson

Full name: Sven Tomas Gustafson
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: December 28, 1959 in Katrineholm, Södermanland, Sweden
Affiliations: Eskilstuna IK, Eskilstuna (SWE) / SK Pollux, Västerås (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Husband of Elisabet Gustafson.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Tomas Gustafson began his international career by winning the World Junior title in 1979 and 1980. In his first senior season he did not have much success, but the Swedish team got a new coach before the 1982 season - Norwegian Hans Næss, and this helped Tomas reach the world’s top level. After a thrilling fight with Rolf Falk-Larssen he won the European title in 1982 and set a World Record in the 10,000 m - the last speed skating World Record to be set at Bislett Stadium in Oslo. At the 1983 World Championships, Gustafson scored the lowest points total, normally good enough for the title, but Falk-Larssen's three distance wins earned him the gold (that rule was later scratched). In 1984, the Swede won his first Olympic gold in the 5,000 m at Sarajevo, 2/100ths of a second ahead of Igor Malkov. Six days later Malkov beat Gustafson by 5/100ths of a second to win the 10,000 metres.

Between the Olympics, Gustafson struggled through knee surgery, meningitis and the death of his father. In the Calgary 5,000 m, he trailed Leo Visser]'s pace by 8/100ths of a second with only 400 m to go. However he skated an exceptional final lap to win by a third of a second. In the 10,000 m, Gustafson finally gained a comfortable victory, setting a new world record and winning by almost eight seconds. During his career, Tomas Gustafson won 31 national championships, of which seven were all-around titles. In 1998, his wife, [Elisabet Gustafson, won an Olympic bronze medal in curling. Gustafson has been a member of the Swedish Olympic Committee and the Athletes' Commission of IOC. He was awarded the Oscar Mathisen Trophy in 1982 and 1988.

Personal Bests\: 500 – 38.10 (1990); 1000 – 1:18.48 (1981); 1500 – 1:53.22 (1991); 5000 – 6:44.51 (1988); 10000 – 13:48.20 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Sweden SWE 7
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 12
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 12
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Sweden SWE 36
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 1 Gold OR
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 1 Gold WR
1992 Winter 32 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 13

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 36 41.18 10.50

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 7 1:58.18 24.71 54.48 1:25.77

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
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 12 7:16.85 19.46 51.29 1:24.12 1:58.01 2:32.26 3:06.41 3:40.91 4:15.29 4:50.82 5:26.64 6:02.86 6:39.79
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 1 7:12.28 19.33 52.25 1:25.86 1:59.85 2:33.45 3:07.94 3:42.33 4:17.19 4:52.43 5:27.18 6:01.93 6:37.10
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 1 OR 6:44.63 19.11 51.08 1:23.79 1:56.72 2:28.74 3:00.40 3:32.01 4:03.95 4:35.90 5:08.13 5:40.37 6:12.77
1992 Winter 32 Albertville Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 13 7:15.56 19.54 52.56 1:26.56 2:00.74 2:34.34 3:08.20 3:42.37 4:16.88 4:51.97 5:27.40 6:03.61 6:39.69

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
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 12 15:05.18 36.71 1:10.57 1:45.28 2:20.76 2:56.04 3:31.61 4:07.20 4:42.70 5:18.17 5:53.65 6:29.17 7:04.84 7:41.10 8:17.41 8:54.07 9:30.94 10:07.56 10:44.27 11:21.80 11:58.67 12:36.07 13:13.83 13:50.79 14:27.75
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 2 14:39.95 36.25 1:10.39 1:45.17 2:19.85 2:54.38 3:28.91 4:03.43 4:38.31 5:13.41 5:48.53 6:23.68 6:58.73 7:33.85 8:09.18 8:44.44 9:19.90 9:55.19 10:30.62 11:06.24 11:41.82 12:17.65 12:53.18 13:28.91 14:04.68
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 1 WR 13:48.20 36.20 1:09.24 1:42.15 2:14.94 2:47.54 3:20.47 3:53.28 4:26.00 4:58.84 5:31.82 6:04.56 6:37.54 7:10.39 7:43.40 8:16.09 8:49.15 9:22.37 9:55.74 10:29.11 11:02.51 11:35.69 12:08.97 12:42.10 13:15.29
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