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Gert Fredriksson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 6
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 8
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGert Fridolf•Fredriksson
Used nameGert•Fredriksson
Born21 November 1919 in Nyköping (SWE)
Died5 July 2006 in Nyköping (SWE)
Measurements176 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsNyköpings KK, Nyköping (SWE)
NOC(s) Sweden

Biography

With eight medals (six gold, one silver, one bronze) between 1948 and 1960, Sweden’s Gert Fredriksson is the most successful canoeist in Olympic history. He was at his best in the K1-1,000 metres, winning a gold medal at three successive Games (1948-1956) and in the K1-10,000 metres, in which he won two gold medals (1948, 1956) and a silver (1952). He is one of only 13 Olympians to have won gold medals at four or more consecutive Olympic Games. At the World Championships he won four individual titles – K1-500 in 1948 and 1954, and K1-1,000 in 1950 and 1954, and a further three in the relay. Between 1942 and his retirement in 1964, Fredriksson won 71 national championships. In 1956, Fredriksson was awarded the Mohammed Taher Trophy by the IOC, for his contributions to the sport of canoeing.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1948 Summer Olympics Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 10,000 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Sweden    
Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1952 Summer Olympics Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 10,000 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Sweden    
Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1956 Summer Olympics Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 10,000 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Sweden    
Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1960 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Sweden    
  Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Sven-Olov Sjödelius 1 Gold
  Kayak Relay 4 × 500 metres, Men Olympic Sweden 3 h2 r3/4

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1952 Summer Olympics 28 July 1952 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Final Round 4:07.9 1
1960 Summer Olympics 29 August 1960 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Final Round 3:34.73 1

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