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Linda Haglund

Full name: Linda Haglund (-McTear)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: June 15, 1956 in Enskede, Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 21, 2015 in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: Hanvikens SK, Tyresö (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Linda Haglund was the top Swedish sprinter of the 1970s and early 1980s. She won the 1976 European Indoors in the 60 metres, later winning silver medals in that event in 1978, 1980, and 1981. She competed at the 1971 European Championships when she was only 15-years-old, and eventually competed at three Olympic Games – 1972, 1976, and 1980, placing fourth in the 100 at the 1980 Moskva Games. Her greatest international medal came in winning silver at the 1978 European Championships. In 1979 she helped the European 4x100 relay win gold at the World Cup.

In 1981 Haglund’s career ended after a positive drug test, although she later had the verdict overturned at a tribunal in Kingston, Jamaica in 1982. Haglund married American sprinter Houston McTear, the first man to run 100 yards in 9.0 seconds, and she settled in the United States with him. In the US she worked as a track coach at Santa Monica College and as a counselor and manager with Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centers. In Sweden she is a member of the Legends of 1956 (Swedish sports legends born in 1956), an honored member of the Swedish Sports Academy, and in 1981 received the Victoria Scholarship. Haglund died from lung cancer, which was discovered only six days before her death, and which came only three weeks after McTear died.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.16 (1980); 200 – 22.82 (1979).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 16 München Athletics Women's 100 metres Sweden SWE 6 h3 r1/4
1972 Summer 16 München Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Sweden SWE AC h2 r1/2
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Women's 100 metres Sweden SWE 8 h2 r3/4
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Women's 100 metres Sweden SWE 4
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Women's 200 metres Sweden SWE 6 h1 r3/4
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Sweden SWE AC DNF

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 16 München Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Three 6 11.97 2
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Sweden Semi-Finals Heat Two 8 11.41 1
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Sweden Quarter-Finals Heat Two 4 QU 11.48 8
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Three 2 QU 11.40 4
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Sweden Final 4 11.16 1
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Sweden Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 11.36 1
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Sweden Quarter-Finals Heat Three 3 QU 11.31 3
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Four 2 QU 11.37 3

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Sweden Semi-Finals Heat One 6 23.11 7
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Sweden Quarter-Finals Heat Three 4 QU 22.90 4
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Five 3 QU 23.85 6

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank L
1972 Summer 16 München Athletics Sweden SWE Round One Heat Two AC DQ 7
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Sweden SWE Final Standings AC DNF 5
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