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Edvin Wide

Full name: Emil Edvin Wide (Hermansson-)
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: February 22, 1896 in Kemiö, Kemiönsaari, Varsinais-Suomi, Finland
Died: June 19, 1996 in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: Enköpings AIF, Enköping (SWE) / IF Linnéa, Stockholm (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 4 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Edvin Wide won one silver and four bronzes at three Olympics from 1920-28, but he was always in the shadow of the Finns [Paavo Nurmi] and [Ville Ritola]. His only silver medal came behind Ritola in the 10,000 m race in Paris, when Nurmi did not enter. Wide was a 12-time Swedish Champion, although never over 10,000 m. Nationally, his best event was the cross-country run, where he was Swedish Champion five consecutive times, 1922-26. In addition he took four titles in the 1,500 and three at 5K. Wide set Swedish records in the 1,500 m, 5,000 m and 10,000 m. With the team of IF Linnéa he set a world record in the non-Olympic 4 x 1 500 m relay and set individual world records in the 2,000 and 3,000 metres.

Wide was born on an island off Finland under the name Hermansson. He lived past his 100th birthday and died in 1996 shortly before the opening of the Atlanta Olympics. Wide lived and worked near the town of Enköping as a teacher and later headmaster. He was appointed “Stor grabb” #48 in Athletics in 1928. In 1926 Wide was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.

Personal Bests\: 1500 – 3:51.8 (1926); 5000 – 14:40.4 (1925); 10000 – 30:55.2 (1924).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Sweden SWE 4 h1 r1/2
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 3,000 metres, Team Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Men's 3,000 metres, Team Sweden SWE 3 h2 r1/2
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Individual Sweden SWE AC DNF
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Team Sweden SWE AC DNF
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Sweden SWE 3 h5 r1/2
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 3 Bronze

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden Round One Heat One 4 4:03.8est 50 cm. bh3
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Five 3

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Sweden Final 3 15:01.8
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Three 2 QU 15:24.0
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Athletics Sweden Final 3 14:41.2
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Three 2 QU 15:05.0

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Sweden Final Standings 2 30:55.2
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Athletics Sweden Final Standings 3 31:00.8

Men's 3,000 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP ST
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden SWE Final Standings 3 24 15/12
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden SWE Final 3 24 15/12
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 12 11
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Sweden SWE Final Standings 3 h2 r1/2
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Sweden SWE Round One Heat Two 3 21 1 8:45.0

Men's Cross-Country, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Sweden Final Standings AC DNF

Men's Cross-Country, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank IP
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Sweden SWE Final Standings AC DNF DNF
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