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Wille Andersson

Full name: Kletus Vilhelm "Wille" Andersson
Gender: Male
Born: March 11, 1891 in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: September 21, 1933 in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: SK Neptun, Stockholm (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Water Polo, Swimming

Related Olympians: Brother of Cletus Andersson.

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Wille Andersson’s father, a dentist, had a view to the Strömbadet from his practice. Wille dominated freestyle swimming in Scandinavia prior to the era of [Arne Borg], winning 24 national championships. His greatest successes internationally, however, came in water polo and he is considered the most technically gifted Swedish water polo player ever.

Andersson competed in four Olympics prior to and after World War I. In 1908 and 1912 he swam the long freestyle events and in 1912, 1920 and 1924 he played water polo, winning two medals in water polo in 1912 (silver) and 1920 (bronze). Andersson was famous for his style and swimming ability, but was erratic in his training and in competitions

In the 100 Yearbook 1906-2006 of his club SK Neptun, Andersson is described as a bohemian, polo professor and troubadour. Parallel to his swimming career, he worked as a businessman in Stockholm (1909-17) and Göteborg (1917-20). In 1921, he was appointed editor of the Swedish sports newspaper Idrottsbladet. From 1925 to his untimely death in 1933, he was Managing Director of the Vitkopia Company, providing reprographic techniques. His son, Carl-Wilhelm was an esteemed relay swimmer for Neptun after World War II. His younger brother [Cletus] was also an excellent freestyle swimmer and a 1924 Olympian on the Swedish water polo team. He was not related, however, to his teammates [Robert] and [Erik Andersson].

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Sweden SWE 4 h1 r1/3
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Sweden SWE 4 h2 r1/3
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Water Polo Men's Water Polo Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Sweden SWE 4 h1 r2/3
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Water Polo Men's Water Polo Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1924 Summer 33 Paris Water Polo Men's Water Polo Sweden SWE 4

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Water Polo Sweden SWE Second-Place Tournament Final 1 1912-07-16 SWE 4, BEL 2 1
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Water Polo Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1912-07-11 GBR 6, SWE 3 1
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Water Polo Sweden SWE Second-Place Tournament Match #1 1 1912-07-14 SWE 8, AUT 1 2
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Water Polo Sweden SWE Round One Match #2 1 1912-07-08 SWE 7, FRA 2
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Water Polo Sweden SWE Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1920-08-24 SWE 7, BRA 3 0
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Water Polo Sweden SWE Third-Place Tournament Match #4 1 1920-08-28 SWE 9, NED 1 1
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Water Polo Sweden SWE Round One Match #2 1 1920-08-22 SWE 11, TCH 0
1924 Summer 33 Paris Water Polo Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1924-07-16 FRA 4, SWE 2 0
1924 Summer 33 Paris Water Polo Sweden SWE Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-15 SWE 9, ESP 0
1924 Summer 33 Paris Water Polo Sweden SWE Consolation Round Match #1 2 1924-07-18 BEL 4, SWE 3 0
1924 Summer 33 Paris Water Polo Sweden SWE Third-Place Tournament Match #2 1 1924-07-19 SWE 4, HUN 1
1924 Summer 33 Paris Water Polo Sweden SWE Round One Match #1 1 1924-07-13 SWE 7, ITA 0

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Sweden Round One Heat One 4

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 17 London Swimming Sweden Round One Heat Two 4 27:34.4
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Sweden Semi-Finals Heat One 4 23:14.4
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Swimming Sweden Round One Heat One 1 Q 23:12.2
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