Full name: Hasse BÃ¶rjes
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 203 lbs (92 kg)
Born: January 25, 1948 in RÃ¤ttvik, Dalarna, Sweden
Affiliations: IFK RÃ¤ttvik, RÃ¤ttvik (SWE)
Sport: Speed Skating
Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)
As a top 500 metre skater, Hasse BÃ¶rjes was greatly helped by the introduction of sprint championships during his career. In 1970, the year in which the first international sprint championships were held (later to be officially termed World Sprint Championships), BÃ¶rjes made his name as one of the best 500 m skaters in the world. That season, he bettered the world record no less than three times, being the first man to beat 39 seconds in the event. He also won both 500 metre events at the international sprint championships. At the next edition, he again won one 500 metre event. By 1972, [Erhard Keller] had become the man to beat, having lowered the world record to 38.3 early in the year. Keller also retained his Olympic title, with BÃ¶rjes grabbing the silver. After tying the new world record in March that year, BÃ¶rjes turned professional. He was the outstanding sprinter in the recently set-up circuit, winning two European titles and a World sprint title before the pro circuit folded. The award cabinet of BÃ¶rjes further features the inaugural Swedish sprint title (1971) and five 500 m titles (1967, 1969-72). Apart from his four 500 m world records, he also once lowered the sprint points record, in 1971. Following the end of the pro circuit, Hasse BÃ¶rjes studied naprapathy, a form of alternative medicine, which he has practised ever since.
Personal Bests: 500 â 38.0 (1972); 1000 â 1:19.87 (1974); 1500 â 2:12.4 (1971).
|1968 Winter||20||Grenoble||Speed Skating||Men's 500 metres||Sweden||SWE||15T|
|1972 Winter||24||Sapporo||Speed Skating||Men's 500 metres||Sweden||SWE||2||Silver||OR|
|1968 Winter||20||Grenoble||Speed Skating||Sweden||Final Standings||15T||41.2|
|1972 Winter||24||Sapporo||Speed Skating||Sweden||Final Standings||2||OR||39.69||9.93|