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Viggo Jensen

Biographical information

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


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, Three Positions, 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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