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William Petersson

Full name: Reinhold William Eugen Petersson (-Björneman)
Gender: Male
Born: October 6, 1895 in Sandby, Mörbylånga, Kalmar, Sweden
Died: May 10, 1965 in Kalmar, Kalmar, Sweden
Affiliations: Kalmar IS, Kalmar (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

William Petersson later changed his name to Björneman and was a long-time official with the IAAF. At Antwerpen in 1920 he won the long jump, the first non-American to win that event, and the only one until 1964. Petersson was a four-time Swedish champion in the long jump (1918-20, 1924) and was the Swedish record holder from 1918-27. During this period he improved the record several times, moving it from 7.20 to 7.39. Like many long jumpers he was also an excellent sprinter, winning a bronze medal with the Swedish team in the 4x100 m relay.

Personal Bests\: 100 – 11.0 (1918); LJ – 7.39 (1924).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Long Jump Sweden SWE 1 Gold

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T MB
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden SWE Final 3 42.8est 2 m. bh2
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden SWE Round One Heat Three 1 QU 43.4

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden Final Standings 1 7.150
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden Final Round 1 7.150
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round 1 QU 6.940
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