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Pontus Hanson

Biographical information

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

Biography

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.

Results

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

Olympic family relations