Full name: Gunnar Mikael Höckert
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 67-69 kg
Born: February 12, 1910 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Died: February 11, 1940 in Karelian Isthmus, Leningrad, Russia
Affiliations: Idrottsklubben 32, Helsinki (FIN)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Born to wealth, Gunnar Höckert had only one great season, 1936. In that year he won his only Finnish title in the 5K and was selected for the Finnish Olympic team. The 5,000 final at the Berlin Olympics turned into a battle between Höckert and defending Olympic champion and world record holder [Lauri Lehtinen]. In the last lap Höckert overtook Lehtinen to win in a year-best time of 14:22.2. Later that year, on 16 September in Stockholm, he ran a world record in the 3,000 (8:14.8). A week later, on the same track, Höckert ran a world record for 2 miles with 8:57.4 and, another week later in Malmö, he equaled Jules Ladoumègue's 2,000 world record of 5:21.8. The remainder of Höckert's athletics career was hampered by rheumatism and he never returned to his 1936 peak. He served in the Winter War as a volunteer and Reserve Lieutenant and was killed on the Karelian Isthmus just one day before his 30th birthday.
Personal Best: 5000 – 14:22.2 (1936).
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