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Hjalmar Andersson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSvensk Hjalmar Zakeus•Andersson
Used nameHjalmar•Andersson
Born13 July 1889 in Ljusnarsberg (SWE)
Died2 November 1971 in Insjön, Leksand (SWE)
Measurements172 cm / 63 kg
AffiliationsInsjöns IF, Insjön, Leksand (SWE)
NOC(s) Sweden


Hjalmar Andersson finished second behind Hannes Kolehmainen in the cross-country race at the 1912 Olympics and as his compatriots John Eke and Josef Ternström finished third and fifth, respectively, the Swedish team beat Finland by the smallest margin possible to win the team gold medal. Andersson was Swedish cross-country champion from 1918-20. Andersson finished his sporting career in 1920, when he moved to work in Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, situated in the Arctic, about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics 10,000 metres, Men Olympic DNS Representing Sweden    
  Cross-Country, Individual, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  Cross-Country, Team, Men Olympic Sweden 1 Gold