Bruno Zilliacus

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full nameBruno Wilhelm•Zilliacus
Used nameBruno•Zilliacus
Born11 November 1877 in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Died3 July 1926 in Helsinki, Uusimaa (FIN)
AffiliationsSortavalan Seminaarin Voimisteluseura
NOC Finland


Finland’s Bruno Zilliacus was a physical education teacher, track and field athlete, and skier. Zilliacus graduated from the University of Helsinki in 1902 and worked as a teacher from 1903 to 1926. He participated at the 1901 Nordic Games in the 30km cross-country skiing race but finished outside the top ten. Zilliacus competed in the shot put at the 1908 London Olympics but his distance was not recorded. He was also the flag bearer for Finland at the Opening Ceremony at the London Games.

In 1918 Zilliacus was a member of the White Guard during the Finnish Civil War where he was honoured with the Cross of Liberty, 4th class. Sadly Zilliacus died from stomach cancer in 1926 at the age of 48.

Personal Best: SP – unknown.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Bruno Zilliacus
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) AC

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1908 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony FIN Bruno Zilliacus