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Ernst Fast

Full name: Ernst Robert Efraim Fast
Gender: Male
Born: January 21, 1881 in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: October 26, 1959 in Husby-Ärlinghundra, Sigtuna, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: Sundbybergs IK, Sundbyberg (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


Ernst Fast worked as an electrical engineer at the Swedish pavilion of the World Exposition of which the 1900 Paris Olympics were a sideshow. He was a recognized distance runner back in Sweden, having won the Swedish 10000 m title in 1899. He would add another one in 1904, as well a various unofficial championships in long distance running. His marathon debut at the Olympics was unfortunate. While running in first place, he took a wrong turn, only finding out about this after a few hundred metres. When returning to the course, his lead was gone, and he eventually finished in third place. According to one of the many myths that surround the 1900 marathon, he was pointed the wrong way by a police officer from Marseilles, who didn't know Paris. Supposedly Pierre Vendreau killed himself the next day.

Personal Best: Mar – unknown.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 19 Paris Athletics Men's Marathon Sweden SWE 3 Bronze

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1900 Summer 19 Paris Athletics Sweden Final Standings 3 3-37:14.0
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