Gunnar Nilsson

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErnst Gunnar•Nilsson
Used nameGunnar•Nilsson
Born19 August 1889 in Visby, Gotland (SWE)
Died8 March 1948 in Visby, Gotland (SWE)
AffiliationsVisby BK, Visby (SWE)
NOC Sweden


In addition to working as a county bailiff and the head of the civil defence on Gotland, Gunnar Nilsson was a talented track and field athlete who specialised in the discus. Nilsson was the holder of the Swedish records for the throw with one hand and with both hands, and represented his country at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Prior to the Stockholm Games Nilsson set national records in the discus throw with one and both hands, throwing 43.70 metres and 78.12 metres, respectively. His form did not continue to the Olympics, however, and he finished in 23rd place in the standard discus event and in 10th place in the discus throw with both hands. Nilsson was also scheduled to compete in the standing high jump and the shot put but did not start either event.

Personal Best: DT – 43.70 (1912).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics SWE Gunnar Nilsson
Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) DNS
Shot Put, Both Hands, Men (Olympic) DNS
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 23
Discus Throw, Both Hands, Men (Olympic) 10