Lennart Back

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameTorsten Lennart•Back
Used nameLennart•Back
Born28 May 1933 in Ellenö, Färgelanda (SWE)
Died1 August 2022 in Uddevalla (SWE)
Measurements180 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsUddevalla Cykelamatörer, Uddevalla (SWE)
NOC Sweden


Lennart Back was a race walker who was among the world’s elite at 20 km from 1958-63. He took bronze at the European Championships in Stockholm in 1958, was sixth at the 1960 Roma Olympics and was fifth at the 1962 European Championships in Belgrade. Back was second at the first World Cup final in Lugano in 1961 and became Nordic Champion the same year. He retired in 1965 but came back to win two World Cup bronzes in 1969. In total he started in 10 internationals and won three, against Switzerland in 1958, Czechoslovakia in 1959, and West Germany in 1963. Back later worked as a lower-level judge.

Personal Best: 20kmW – 1-31:13 (1962).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics SWE Lennart Back
20 kilometres Race Walk, Men (Olympic) 6

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