Evert Björn

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEvert Oskar Fredrik•Björn
Used nameEvert•Björn
Born21 January 1888 in Ulriksdal, Solna, Stockholm (SWE)
Died21 December 1974 in Stockholm, Stockholm (SWE)
AffiliationsIFK Stockholm, Stockholm (SWE)
NOC Sweden


Sweden’s Evert Björn was an accomplished middle-distance runner who set several national records, a world record, and competed at two Olympic Games. Björn set his first national record in 1908 in the 800 metres and went on to improve his own time the following year. After Ernst Wide bettered Björn’s time in 1909, Björn went on to reclaim the Swedish record in 1911, which lasted until it was broken by Helge Torén in 1914. In 1910 Björn set a world record in the 1,000 metres, which stood until 1913 when John Zander broke it.

At the 1908 London Olympics Björn competed in the 800 metres, 1,500 metres, and the 1,600 metres medley relay races but did not advance from his heat in any of the events. At his home Olympics in Stockholm in 1912 he ran in the 800 and 1,5000 metres where he reached the semi-finals and final, respectively.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:53.7y (1910); 1500 – 4:03.8 (1910).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics SWE Evert Björn
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h1 r1/2
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) AC h3 r1/2
1,600 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) Sweden 2 h1 r1/2
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics SWE Evert Björn
800 metres, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r2/3
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) AC