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Axel Wilhelm Persson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAxel Wilhelm Emanuel•Persson
Used nameAxel Wilhelm•Persson
Nick/petnamesAW
Born23 January 1888 in Eskilstuna (SWE)
Died2 September 1955 in Västerhaninge, Haninge (SWE)
AffiliationsSK Iter, Stockholm (SWE) / Upsala CK, Uppsala (SWE)
NOC Sweden

Biography

Axel Persson competed in two Olympics, before and after World War I in road racing, and won a gold medal in 1912 and silver in 1920, both in the team event. His best result individually was ninth in 1912. Person won nine Swedish titles on the road and track, winning the sprint, and the individual and team trial. In 1919, he was also Scandinavian champion in the road time trial. He won the 1914 Swedish Mälaren Rundt (tour around Lake Mälaren) on the very day when the Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was shot in Sarajevo.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) SWE Axel Wilhelm Persson
Road Race, Individual, Men (Olympic) 9
Road Race, Team, Men (Olympic) Sweden 1 Gold
1920 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) SWE Axel Wilhelm Persson
Road Race, Individual, Men (Olympic) 12
Road Race, Team, Men (Olympic) Sweden 2 Silver