Henry Eriksson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKnut Henry•Eriksson
Used nameHenry•Eriksson
Born23 January 1920 in Krylbo, Avesta (SWE)
Died8 January 2000 in Gävle (SWE)
Measurements184 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsGefle IF, Gävle (SWE)
NOC Sweden


Sweden possessed a large group of top milers at the 1948 Olympics, as three Swedes had topped the 1947 season best list. The top favourite was 1946 European Champion Lennart Strand, who had beaten Henry Eriksson to the title. In London, the two were once again sprinting for the gold, but this time Eriksson was the stronger runner, taking the championship in the middle of an English downpour. Eriksson finished his athletic career after the London Olympics, returning to his job as a fireman. Remarkably, Eriksson had shared a 4×1500 metres World Record with three other fireman from his athletics club in Gävle, Sweden.

Personal Best: 1500 – 3:44.7 (1947).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics SWE Henry Eriksson
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

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