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Thor Henning

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 3
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameThor Bernhard•Henning
Used nameThor•Henning
Nick/petnamesTossan
Born13 September 1894 in Stockholm (SWE)
Died7 October 1967 in Stockholm (SWE)
AffiliationsSK Neptun, Stockholm (SWE)
NOC Sweden

Biography

“Tossan” Henning came from a famous sports family. His father, Bernhard Henning, was the chairman of the Neptun swimming club and was a board member of the Swedish Swimming Federation from 1912-16. Henning was a versatile swimmer specializing in breaststroke. His first Olympic medal came in 1912 with a silver in the 400 m breaststroke. Despite illness, he managed to claim another two silver medals at Antwerpen in 1920, both behind his fellow countryman Håkan Malmström. Four years later in Paris, Henning competed in the 4 x 200 m relay, but was only active in the heats. He was a multiple Swedish champion in the 200 and 400 metre breaststrokes and won a total of 21 Swedish championships. In 1911 his 6:28.75 min was a world record for the 400 breast. Henning also won five national championships in lifesaving. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1992.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) SWE Thor Henning
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) AC r3/3
400 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1920 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) SWE Thor Henning
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
400 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1924 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) SWE Thor Henning
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Sweden 3
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 3 h2 r2/3

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1912 Summer Olympics 8 July 1912 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Breaststroke, Men Round One, Heat One 6:52.4 1
1912 Summer Olympics 11 July 1912 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Breaststroke, Men Semi-Finals, Heat One 6:32.0 2