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Hjalmar Mellander

Full name: Hjalmar Stefanus Mellander
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: December 14, 1880 in Årstad, Falkenberg, Halland, Sweden
Died: October 3, 1919 in Liverpool, Merseyside, Great Britain
Affiliations: IFK Halmstad, Halmstad (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Hjalmar Mellander won the ancient pentathlon contested at the 1906 Athina Olympics, which consisted of standing long jump, Greek style discus throw, javelin throw, stade race (ca 192 m) and Greco-Roman wrestling. He never won an individual event in the pentathlon, but his consistency brought him the gold medal. His highest event finish was third in Greco-Roman wrestling and his lowest seventh in the standing long jump.

Mellander had emigrated to England in 1902 and settled in Liverpool, where he worked as a “medical gymnast and masseur” or physiotherapist in modern terminology. As he lived abroad, Mellander competed in the Swedish championships only in 1904, when he won Swedish titles in long jump and the 400 m. At the British AAA championships, his best placement was third in long jump in 1905. In 1919, Mellander died quite young, when he died while trying to rescue a drowning person.

Personal Bests: 800 – 2.04.8 (1905); LJ – 6.68 (1904); JT – 44.30 (1906).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Men's 800 metres Sweden SWE AC h3 r1/2
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Men's Long Jump Sweden SWE 4
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Men's Javelin Throw, Freestyle Sweden SWE 4
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Men's Pentathlon (Ancient) Sweden SWE 1 Gold

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Three AC

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Sweden Final Standings 4 6.585
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Sweden Round One 4 6.420
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Sweden Round Two 4 6.220
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Sweden Round Three 4 6.585

Men's Javelin Throw, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Sweden Final Standings 4 44.300

Men's Pentathlon (Ancient)

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank O
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Sweden Final Standings 1 24
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Sweden Standing long jump 7
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Sweden Discus throw (Greek style) 5
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