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Otto Hagborg

Full name: Otto Josias Engelbrekt Hagborg
Gender: Male
Born: August 31, 1854 in Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Died: January 5, 1927 in Stepney, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Upsala SS, Uppsala (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Diving


After studying at Uppsala University, Otto Hagborg left Sweden in the 1880's to join his brother August in Paris where August Hagborg was already achieving success as an impressionist painter. Although he himself exhibited paintings at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris and at the Royal Academy in London, Otto's artistic career was overshadowed by his brother.

Sometime around 1890 he relocated to London and, along with fellow Swede [Hjalmar Johannson], did much to introduce the concept of artistic diving to Great Britain.

Hagborg married fellow artist Hannah Posener in 1905 and the following year travelled to Athens to compete for Sweden in the 1906 Olympic Games and finished in a respectable twelfth position despite, at 51 years and nine months, being the oldest person to compete in either swimming or diving at any Olympic Games. He became a British subject in 1926 just twelve months before his sudden death.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1906 Summer 51 Athina Diving Men's Platform Sweden SWE 12

Men's Platform

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
1906 Summer 51 Athina Diving Sweden Final Standings 12 133.8
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