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Pontus Hanson

Full name: Pontus Hanson
Gender: Male
Born: May 24, 1884 in Kristinehamn, Värmland, Sweden
Died: December 4, 1962 in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: Stockholms KK, Stockholm (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Water Polo, Swimming

Related Olympians: Brother of Sven Hanson.

Medals: 1 Silver, 3 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Pontus Hanson was known for his endurance and was one of the great personalities in water polo. In water polo he won medals at three consecutive Olympics – bronze in 1908 and 1920, and a silver in 1912. In 1909, he set a record for the 10 km long swimming course from the Strömbadet in Stockholm to Kungshatt Island in Lake Mälaren. For several years, Hanson was also Sweden's best breaststroke swimmer, winning a bronze medal over 200 m at the 1908 London Olympics.

Hanson worked as a government official. He used his organizational skills and initiated the National Youth Swimming Competitions in 1905. He also held several leadership positions in his club, in the Swedish Swimming Federation and the Swedish Life Saving Society. From 1918-22 he was the manager of Strömbadet. His younger brother [Sven Hanson] competed at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, also in the breaststroke.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 23 London Water Polo Men's Water Polo Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1908 Summer 23 London Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Water Polo Men's Water Polo Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Sweden SWE AC h2 r2/3 DNF
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Water Polo Men's Water Polo Sweden SWE 3 Bronze

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1908 Summer 23 London Water Polo Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1908-07-20 BEL 8, SWE 4 2
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Water Polo Sweden SWE Second-Place Tournament Final 1 1912-07-16 SWE 4, BEL 2 0
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Water Polo Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1912-07-11 GBR 6, SWE 3 0
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Water Polo Sweden SWE Second-Place Tournament Match #1 1 1912-07-14 SWE 8, AUT 1 0
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Water Polo Sweden SWE Round One Match #2 1 1912-07-08 SWE 7, FRA 2
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Water Polo Sweden SWE Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1920-08-24 SWE 7, BRA 3 1
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Water Polo Sweden SWE Third-Place Tournament Match #4 1 1920-08-28 SWE 9, NED 1 1

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 23 London Swimming Sweden Final 3 3:14.6
1908 Summer 23 London Swimming Sweden Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 Q 3:13.0
1908 Summer 23 London Swimming Sweden Round One Heat Four 2 q 3:15.0
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Swimming Sweden Semi-Finals Heat Two AC DNF
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Swimming Sweden Round One Heat Five 2 Q 3:14.2
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