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Eric Lemming

Biographical information

Medals OG IG
Gold 3 1
Silver 0 0
Bronze 0 3
Total 3 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events), Competed in Intercalated Games
SexMale
Full nameEric Otto Valdemar•Lemming
Used nameEric•Lemming
Born22 February 1880 in Göteborg (Gothenburg) (SWE)
Died5 June 1930 in Göteborg (Gothenburg) (SWE)
Measurements190 cm / 88 kg
AffiliationsIS Lyckans Soldater, Göteborg (SWE) / Göteborgs IF, Göteborg (SWE)
NOC(s) Sweden

Biography

Eric Lemming was the first of the great modern javelin throwers. He was Olympic javelin champion in 1906, 1908 and 1912, winning both the orthodox and freestyle event in 1908. He would almost certainly have been the champion in 1900 had the javelin been on the program but, in the absence of his speciality event, he competed in six other field events, placing fourth in the pole vault and the hammer. In 1906, he also won bronze medals in the shot, pentathlon and tug-of-war. As a 19-year-old, Lemming set a world javelin best of 49.32 metres (161’10”) in 1899 and made 13 further improvements to the record, culminating with a mark of 62.32 metres (204’5”) in 1912 which was later accepted as the first official International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) record.

Personal Bests: HJ – 1.70 (1900); PV – 3.20 (1900); LJ – 6.34 (1906); TJ – 12.72 (1903); SP – 13.10 (1918); DT – 44.90 (1917); HT – 46.84 (1917); JT – 62.32 (1912).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics High Jump, Men Olympic =4 Representing Sweden    
  Pole Vault, Men Olympic =4
  Long Jump, Men Olympic 12
  Triple Jump, Men Olympic AC
  Standing Triple Jump, Men Olympic DNS
  Discus Throw, Men Olympic =8
  Hammer Throw, Men Olympic 4
  Pole Vault, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 2
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics High Jump, Men Intercalated DNS Representing Sweden    
  Pole Vault, Men Intercalated DNS
  Long Jump, Men Intercalated DNS
  Standing Long Jump, Men Intercalated 26
  Triple Jump, Men Intercalated 13
  Shot Put, Men Intercalated 3 Bronze
  Stone Throw, Men Intercalated 4
  Discus Throw, Men Intercalated 4
  Discus Throw, Greek Style, Men Intercalated AC
  Javelin Throw, Freestyle, Men Intercalated 1 Gold
  Pentathlon (Ancient), Men Intercalated 3 Bronze
Tug-Of-War Tug-Of-War, Men Intercalated Sweden 3 Bronze
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics Shot Put, Men Olympic DNS Representing Sweden    
  Discus Throw, Men Olympic AC
  Discus Throw, Greek Style, Men Olympic AC
  Hammer Throw, Men Olympic 8
  Javelin Throw, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Javelin Throw, Freestyle, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics Shot Put, Men Olympic DNS Representing Sweden    
  Shot Put, Both Hands, Men Olympic DNS
  Discus Throw, Men Olympic DNS
  Discus Throw, Both Hands, Men Olympic 11
  Javelin Throw, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Javelin Throw, Both Hands, Men Olympic 4

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1906 Intercalated Games 26 April 1906 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Final Standings 53.900 1
1906 Intercalated Games 26 April 1906 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Final Standings 53.900 WR 1
1908 Summer Olympics 17 July 1908 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Final Round 54.83 1
1908 Summer Olympics 17 July 1908 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Qualifying Round 53.69 1
1908 Summer Olympics 17 July 1908 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Final Round 54.83 1
1912 Summer Olympics 6 July 1912 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Qualifying Round, Group A Round Three 57.42 NP
1912 Summer Olympics 6 July 1912 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Final Round, Round One 60.64 1

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