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Göthe Hedlund

Full name: Göthe Emanuel Hedlund
Gender: Male
Born: July 30, 1918 in Orkesta, Vallentuna, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: December 15, 2003 in Lidingö, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: Brunnsvikens SK, Stockholm (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Father of Ylva Hedlund.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Göthe Hedlund started in his first international tournaments before World War I. When international skating resumed in 1946, he emerged as one of the best in the world, having been able to continue training in neutral Sweden. He won the unofficial European Championships that year, placing second in the next two seasons. In these tournaments, his best distance was the 5,000 m, and he was one of the favourites for that distance at the 1948 Olympics. He did not disappoint, finishing third and winning Sweden's first Olympic speed skating medal. Hedlund continued to skate until the 1952 Games, racing with the best internationally, but without winning any medals. In national championships, he won 12 titles: 1500 m (1947, 1949), 3000m (1947, 1949), 5000 m (1939, 1947, 1949) and 10,000 m (1939, 1944-1945, 1949 and 1950). Göthe Hedlund's daughter Ylva later followed in her father's footsteps, competing in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics.

Personal Bests: 500 – 44.5 (1951); 1500 – 2:18.4 (1948); 5000 – 8:18.7 (1951); 10000 – 17:23.9 (1949).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 29 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Sweden SWE 20
1948 Winter 29 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Sweden SWE 8
1948 Winter 29 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1948 Winter 29 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE AC DNF
1952 Winter 33 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 11
1952 Winter 33 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 9

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Winter 29 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 20 45.6

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1948 Winter 29 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 8 2:20.7 29 1:05 1:42

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k 2c
1948 Winter 29 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 3 8:34.8 58 1:35 2:14 2:55 3:36 4:17 5:01 5:42 6:24 7:08 7:52
1952 Winter 33 Oslo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 11 8:39.2 1:40 2:21 3:02 3:43 4:25 5:07 5:49 6:31 7:14 7:56 1:00

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank 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 T 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1948 Winter 29 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings AC DNF 44 1:25 2:08 2:49 3:28 4:12 4:55 5:37 6:20 7:04 7:45 8:30 9:13 9:57 10:41 11:25
1952 Winter 33 Oslo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 9 43 1:22 2:03 2:44 3:25 4:08 4:50 5:33 6:16 6:59 7:41 8:25 9:08 9:51 10:33 11:16 17:39.2 11:59 12:42 13:25 14:07 14:50 15:33 16:16 16:58
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