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Hugo Wieslander

Full name: Karl Hugo Wieslander
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11.5 (182 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: June 11, 1889 in Ljuder, Lessebo, Kronoberg, Sweden
Died: May 24, 1976 in Bromma, Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: IFK Stockholm, Stockholm (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Prior to the 1912 Olympics, the multi-event for track & field athletes was the all-around championship, a 10-event competition emphasizing strength events, but in preparation for the Stockholm Olympics, the Swedes devised another 10-event multi-event with more emphasis placed on speed and jumping ability. As the new decathlon was not contested much outside of Sweden before the Games, Hugo Wieslander, who had won three Swedish decathlons in 1911-12 in preparation for the Olympic Games, was considered a favorite. However, at the Olympic Games, [Jim Thorpe] won the new decathlon easily, defeating Wieslander by almost 700 points. A week before the decathlon, Wieslander had also finished seventh in pentathlon, also won by Thorpe.

Wieslander had already competed at the 1908 Olympics in five events, his best finish being fifth in freestyle javelin throw. He also won four Swedish titles – in high jump (1907), decathlon (1909) and pentathlon (1910 and 1911) and placed second-third eight times in various jumping and throwing events at the Swedish championships in 1906-08.

In 1913 Wieslander passed the state surveying exam and became employed by the Swedish cartography agency where he worked until his retirement. In January 1913, the news also broke that Thorpe had played minor league baseball in North Carolina in 1909 and 1910. The United States’ AAU reacted quickly and declared Thorpe a professional, with the IOC following suit and awarded the decathlon gold medal to Wieslander. For many years Wieslander was uncomfortable with keeping the 1912 gold medal and contemplated returning it to Thorpe. He finally reconsidered, and in 1951 donated it to the sports museum at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences. In 1954 it was stolen from there and never recovered. In 1982, the International Olympic Committee made partial restitution when they restored Thorpe’s amateur status, and declared him, in an unusual ruling, decathlon co-champion with Wieslander.

Personal Bests: LJ – 6.56 (1912); SP – 13.15sq (1908); DT – 37.53 (1908); JT – 52.77 (1908); Dec – 5965 (1912).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Men's Long Jump Sweden SWE AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Men's Shot Put Sweden SWE AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Men's Discus Throw Sweden SWE AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Sweden SWE AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Men's Javelin Throw, Freestyle Sweden SWE 5
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Men's Pentathlon Sweden SWE 7
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Men's Decathlon Sweden SWE 2 Gold

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group D AC

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group B AC

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group C AC

Men's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A AC

Men's Javelin Throw, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D(M) D(I)
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Final Standings 5 47.56 156-0
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round 5 47.56 156-0
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group E 1 47.56 156-0

Men's Pentathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank O P(1912AT) P(1985T) D AO T
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden Final Standings 7 32 3,540.560 3.255
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden Long jump 14 6.27 10
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden Javelin throw 1 49.56 1
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden 200 metres 14 10 24.1
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden 200 metres Heat Six 3 24.1
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden Discus throw 7 30.74
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden 1,500 metres 4 4:53.1

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1912AT) P(1985T) T D H
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden Final Standings 2 7,724.495 5.966
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden 100 metres 13T 762.0 643 11.8
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden 100 metres Heat One 2 762.0 643 11.8
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden Long jump 8 740.30 679 6.42
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden Shot put 4 734 615 12.14
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden High jump 4T 790 585 1.75
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden 400 metres 8 804.48 650 53.6
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden 400 metres Heat One 2 804.48 650 53.6
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden Discus throw 4 803.54 590 36.29
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden 110 metre hurdles 11T 791.00 579 17.2
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden 110 metre hurdles Heat One 3 791.0 579 17.2
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden Pole vault 8 670.6 381 3.10
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden Javelin throw 1 OB 878.175 595 50.40
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden 1,500 metres 6 750.4 649 4:45.0
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Sweden 1,500 metres Heat One 4 750.4 649 4:45.0
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