Full name: Gunnar Mikael HÃ¶ckert
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 67-69 kg
Born: February 12, 1910 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Died: February 11, 1940 in Karelian Isthmus, Leningrad, Russia
Affiliations: Idrottsklubben 32, Helsinki (FIN)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Gunnar HÃ¶ckertâs only great season was 1936, when he won his only Finnish title in the 5,000 metres and was selected for the Finnish Olympic team. The 5,000 m final at the Berlin Olympics saw American [Donald Lash] set the early pace, but he was overtaken by three Finns after 2,000 metres, and the race quickly evolved into a battle between HÃ¶ckert and defending Olympic champion and world record holder [Lauri Lehtinen]. In the last lap HÃ¶ckert overtook Lehtinen to win in a yearly list-leading time of 14:22.2.
Later that year, on 16 September in Stockholm, HÃ¶ckert recorded a world record of 8:14.8 in the 3,000. A week later, on the same track, HÃ¶ckert broke the 2-mile world record with 8:57.4, and in the next week, in MalmÃ¶, he equaled [Jules LadoumÃ¨gue]âs 2,000 m world record of 5:21.8 (although that mark was never ratified). The rest of HÃ¶ckertâs athletics career was hampered by an arthritic condition, and he never returned to the heights he did in 1936. Born to wealth, he went to the Winter War as a volunteer and Reserve Lieutenant Gunnar HÃ¶ckert was killed on the Karelian Isthmus just one day before his 30th birthday.
Personal Best: 5000 â 14:22.2 (1936).
|1936 Summer||26||Berlin||Athletics||Men's 5,000 metres||Finland||FIN||1||Gold||OR|
|1936 Summer||26||Berlin||Athletics||Finland||Round One||Heat Two||1||QU||15:10.2|