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Oscar Swahn

Full name: Oscar Gomer Swahn
Gender: Male
Born: October 20, 1847 in Tanum, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Died: May 1, 1927 in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: Stockholms SkarpSF, Stockholm (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Shooting

Related Olympians: Father of Alf Swahn.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

Oscar Swahn is still, as of 2016, the oldest athlete to have won an Olympic gold medal, an Olympic medal, and the oldest Olympic competitor. In 1912, Swahn was 64 years and 257 days old when he won the gold medal in team running target, single shots and in 1920 he was 72 years and 279 days old when he won silver in team running target, double shots. In fact, when Swahn competed in individual running target, single shots in 1920, he became the oldest ever competitor at the Olympic Games. He placed seventh in that event.

Competing in three Olympics starting in 1908, Swahn won six medals – gold in individual running target, single shots in 1908; golds in team running target, single shot in 1908 and 1912; silver in team running target, double shots in 1920; and bronzes in team running target, double shots in 1908 and 1912. Swahn was also scheduled to compete at the 1924 Olympics, but an illness prevented this. In all his three Olympic appearances, Swahn was accompanied by his son [Alfred], who also competed at the 1924 Olympics, and won nine Olympic medals at four Games. Swahn never competed at the World Championships, as running target shooting was first contested at the World Championships in 1929. Outside of sports, Swahn worked as a clerk with Svenska Telegrambyrån, the first Swedish news agency.

Results

Men's Running Target, Single Shot

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS
1908 Summer 60 London Shooting Sweden SWE Final Standings 25
1912 Summer 64 Stockholm Shooting Sweden SWE Final Standings 39
1920 Summer 72 Antwerpen Shooting Sweden SWE Final Standings 37

Men's Running Target, Single Shot, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1908 Summer 60 London Shooting Sweden SWE Final Standings 1 86 21
1912 Summer 64 Stockholm Shooting Sweden SWE Final Standings 1 151 43
1920 Summer 72 Antwerpen Shooting Sweden SWE Final Standings 4 153 28

Men's Running Target, Double Shot

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS
1908 Summer 60 London Shooting Sweden SWE Final Standings 38
1912 Summer 64 Stockholm Shooting Sweden SWE Final Standings 72

Men's Running Target, Double Shot, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1920 Summer 72 Antwerpen Shooting Sweden SWE Final Standings 2 336 68

Men's Trap

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS R1P R2P R3P
1912 Summer 64 Stockholm Shooting Sweden SWE Final Standings 10 10 --- ---
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