Full name: Reinhold William Eugen Petersson (-Björneman)
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: October 6, 1895 in Sandby, Mörbylånga, Kalmar, Sweden
Died: May 10, 1965 in Kalmar, Kalmar, Sweden
Affiliations: Kalmar IS, Kalmar (SWE)
Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)
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).
|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|
|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|
|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|