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John Ljunggren

Full name: John Arthur Ljunggren
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: September 9, 1919 in Forsheda, Värnamo, Jönköping, Sweden
Died: January 13, 2000 in Bor, Värnamo, Jönköping, Sweden
Affiliations: Värnamo GK, Värnamo (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

John Ljunggren was one of the top race walkers after World War II. Taking up race walking in 1936 at the age of 16, Ljunggren had a long and successful career. He competed at five consecutive Olympic Games starting in 1948 and won a full set of medals, all in the 50 km walk – gold in 1948, silver in 1960 and bronze in 1956. He also competed at five consecutive European Championships starting in 1946 and won the 50 km gold in 1946 and 50 km silver in 1950. Ljunggren also set six world records during his career, in the 30,000 m track walk and the 50K track walk, and won 11 Swedish titles.

By profession, Ljunggren was an accountant, working more that 34 years at that trade. He was also a competent bicycle rider and skier, competing at those disciplines at the national level. Ljunggren continued competing at masters tournaments, winning the 20 km walk in M55 class at the 1977 World Masters Championships and the 10 km walk at the 1984 European Master Championships. His brothers Verner and Gunnar were also national level race walkers.

Personal Bests: 20kmW – 1-31:19 (1956); 50kmW – 4-19:40 (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Sweden SWE 9
1956 Summer 37 Melbourne Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Sweden SWE 4
1956 Summer 37 Melbourne Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1960 Summer 40 Roma Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Sweden SWE 7
1960 Summer 40 Roma Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1964 Summer 45 Tokyo Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Sweden SWE 19
1964 Summer 45 Tokyo Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Sweden SWE 16

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 37 Melbourne Athletics Sweden Final Standings 4 1-32:24.0
1960 Summer 40 Roma Athletics Sweden Final Standings 7 1-37:59.0
1964 Summer 45 Tokyo Athletics Sweden Final Standings 19 1-37:03

Men's 50 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Sweden Final Standings 1 4-41:52
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Sweden Final Standings 9 4-43:45.2
1956 Summer 37 Melbourne Athletics Sweden Final Standings 3 4-35:02.0
1960 Summer 40 Roma Athletics Sweden Final Standings 2 4-25:47.0
1964 Summer 45 Tokyo Athletics Sweden Final Standings 16 4-29:09.2
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