Viggo Jensen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAlexander Viggo•Jensen
Used nameViggo•Jensen
Born22 June 1874 in København (Copenhagen), Hovedstaden (DEN)
Died2 November 1930 in København (Copenhagen), Hovedstaden (DEN)
AffiliationsHandelsstandens AK, København (DEN) / Kjøbenhavns Skytteforening, København (DEN)
NOC Denmark
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 3


A versatile athlete, Viggo Jensen competed in four different sports, with his best performances coming in the weightlifting. He beat Elliot of Britain on style in the two-handed event, becoming Denmark’s first Olympic champion. He injured himself while doing so, and placed second in the single-handed competition. Jensen added a third place in the free rifle shooting, and two fourth places in the shot put and the rope climb. After becoming a two-time Olympian in Paris, Jensen became an architect, working in Moscow during the 1920s.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1896 Summer Olympics Athletics DEN Viggo Jensen
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) 4
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) AC
Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) DEN Viggo Jensen
Rope Climbing, Men (Olympic) 4
Shooting DEN Viggo Jensen
Free Rifle, Any Position, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Military Rifle, 200 metres, Men (Olympic) 6
Weightlifting DEN Viggo Jensen
Unlimited, One Hand, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Unlimited, Two Hands, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1900 Summer Olympics Shooting DEN Viggo Jensen
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 15
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Denmark 4
Free Rifle, Kneeling, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) =13
Free Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) =10
Free Rifle, Standing, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) =11

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