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Gunnar Höckert

Full name: Gunnar Mikael Höckert
Gender: Male
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)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Gunnar Höckert’s 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 Höckert and defending Olympic champion and world record holder [Lauri Lehtinen]. In the last lap Höckert overtook Lehtinen to win in a yearly list-leading time of 14:22.2.

Later that year, on 16 September in Stockholm, Höckert recorded a world record of 8:14.8 in the 3,000. A week later, on the same track, Höckert broke the 2-mile world record with 8:57.4, and in the next week, in Malmö, he equaled [Jules Ladoumègue]’s 2,000 m world record of 5:21.8 (although that mark was never ratified). The rest of Höckert’s 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 Höckert was killed on the Karelian Isthmus just one day before his 30th birthday.

Personal Best: 5000 – 14:22.2 (1936).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Finland FIN 1 Gold OR

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics Finland Final 1 OR 14:22.2
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics Finland Round One Heat Two 1 QU 15:10.2
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