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Inga Gentzel

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameInga Kristina•Gentzel (-Dahlgren)
Used nameInga•Gentzel
Born24 April 1908 in Stockholm (SWE)
Died1 January 1991 in Nyköping (SWE)
AffiliationsDjurgårdens IF, Stockholm (SWE)
NOC Sweden


Inga Gentzel won bronze in the inaugural women’s 800 metres at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. At a meet in Stockholm on 16 June 1928, shortly before the Olympics, Gentzel set a world record of 2:20.4, which lasted only two weeks before being broken by Lina Radke, who would win the Olympic gold medal in Amsterdam. Gentzel’s mark, however, remained a Swedish record until 1943.

Gentzel won a silver medal in the 1,000 metres at the 1926 Women’s World Games. She was Swedish Champion in the 1928 200 metres and the 800 metres in 1928-31. She later married, becoming Inga Dahlgren, and became a piano teacher in Nyköping, where she often appeared on Swedish radio as a member of the vocal group “Trio Rita”, together with Ulla Castegren and Anna-Lisa Cronström.

Personal Bests: 100 – unknown; 800 – 2:18.8e (1928).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics SWE Inga Gentzel
800 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) Sweden 4 h1 r1/2

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