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Werner Hardmo

Full name: Werner Gustaf Hilmer Hardmo (Pettersson-)
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: March 25, 1917 in Kumla, Örebro, Sweden
Died: September 16, 2010 in Kumla, Örebro, Sweden
Affiliations: IFK Kumla, Kumla (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Athletics


Born as Werner Pettersson, he changed his surname to Hardmo in 1943, after the tiny locality where he was born. During World War II, he broke a total of 22 official world records in track race walking, and 23 in all including one unofficial mark, on distances between 3000 m and 10 miles. Between 1942 and 1945, he won 91 consecutive races, though mostly confined to Sweden because of the war. Hardmo could not continue his victory streak after the war. At the 1946 European Championships, Hardmo was disqualified from the 10 km. He suffered the same fate in the 1948 Olympic final, seeing his compatriots [John Mikaelsson] and [Ingemar Johansson] take the honors. He retired after that season to focus on his grocery store in Kumla, after having won the Swedish 10 km title four times (1942-1945).

Personal Best: 10kmW – 42:31.6 (1945).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 31 London Athletics Men's 10 kilometres Walk Sweden SWE AC

Men's 10 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1948 Summer 31 London Athletics Sweden Final AC DQ
1948 Summer 31 London Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Two 5 QU 47:34.8
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