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Pontus Hanson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 3
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePontus•Hanson
Used namePontus•Hanson
Born24 May 1884 in Kristinehamn (SWE)
Died4 December 1962 in Stockholm (SWE)
AffiliationsStockholms KK, Stockholm (SWE)
NOC(s) Sweden


Pontus Hanson was known for his endurance and was one of the great personalities in water polo. In water polo he won medals at three consecutive Olympics – bronze in 1908 and 1920, and a silver in 1912. In 1909, he set a record for the 10 km long swimming course from the Strömbadet in Stockholm to Kungshatt Island in Lake Mälaren. For several years, Hanson was also Sweden’s best breaststroke swimmer, winning a bronze medal over 200 m at the 1908 London Olympics.

Hanson worked as a government official. He used his organizational skills and initiated the National Youth Swimming Competitions in 1905. He also held several leadership positions in his club, in the Swedish Swimming Federation and the Swedish Life Saving Society. From 1918-22 he was the manager of Strömbadet. His younger brother Sven Hanson competed at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, also in the breaststroke.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1908 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Breaststroke, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Sweden    
Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Sweden 3 Bronze
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Backstroke, Men Olympic DNS Representing Sweden    
  200 metres Breaststroke, Men Olympic AC h2 r2/3
  400 metres Breaststroke, Men Olympic DNS
Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Sweden 2 Silver
1920 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Sweden 3 Bronze Representing Sweden    

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