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Åke Seyffarth

Full name: Karl Åke Seyffarth
Gender: Male
Born: December 15, 1919 in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: January 1, 1998 in Mora, Dalarna, Sweden
Affiliations: IF Linnéa, Stockholm (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

One of the few active skaters during World War II, Åke Seyffarth set two official World Records (3,000 m and 5,000 m) in that period, both at Davos. These results put him on the top of the Adelskalender, the combined all-time best list, a position he held for 10 years. When international speed skating resumed in 1947, Seyffarth won the first event held, the European Championships, before his home crowd in Stockholm. A week later, he also won the bronze at the World Championships. His appearance at the Olympics in St. Moritz yielded two medals, a gold in the 10,000 m and a silver in the 1,500. Between 1940 and 1948, Seyffarth also won 22 Swedish distance titles, winning all four distances at the 1940 and 1948 editions. He was also a top cyclist, winning three Swedish titles in that sport in 1940-41.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.2 (1942); 1500 – 2:14.2 (1942); 5000 – 8:13.7 (1941); 10000 – 17:07.5 (1942).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Sweden SWE 11T
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 7
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 1 Gold

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 11T 44.0

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 2 2:18.1 28 1:03 1:39

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
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 7 8:37.9 1:01 1:41 2:22 3:03 3:45 4:26 5:08 5:49 6:31 7:14 7:56

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 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 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 1 17:26.3 44 1:24 2:05 2:46 3:28 4:10 4:52 5:34 6:16 6:57 7:39 8:20 9:02 9:45 10:27 11:09 11:52 12:34 13:16 13:58 14:40 15:22 16:04 16:45