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John Ljunggren

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJohn Arthur•Ljunggren
Used nameJohn•Ljunggren
Born9 September 1919 in Forsheda, Värnamo (SWE)
Died13 January 2000 in Bor, Värnamo (SWE)
Measurements178 cm / 59 kg
AffiliationsVärnamo GK, Värnamo (SWE)
NOC(s) Sweden

Biography

John Ljunggren was one of the top race walkers after World War II. Taking up race walking in 1936 at the age of 16, Ljunggren had a long and successful career. He competed at five consecutive Olympic Games starting in 1948 and won a full set of medals, all in the 50 km walk – gold in 1948, silver in 1960 and bronze in 1956. He also competed at five consecutive European Championships starting in 1946 and won the 50 km gold in 1946 and 50 km silver in 1950. Ljunggren also set six world records during his career, in the 30,000 m track walk and the 50K track walk, and won 11 Swedish titles.

By profession, Ljunggren was an accountant, working more that 34 years at that trade. He was also a competent bicycle rider and skier, competing at those disciplines at the national level. Ljunggren continued competing at masters tournaments, winning the 20 km walk in M55 class at the 1977 World Masters Championships and the 10 km walk at the 1984 European Master Championships. His brothers Verner and Gunnar were also national level race walkers.

Personal Bests: 20kmW – 1-31:19 (1956); 50kmW – 4-19:40 (1956).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics 50 kilometres Walk, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Sweden    
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics 50 kilometres Walk, Men Olympic 9 Representing Sweden    
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics 20 kilometres Walk, Men Olympic 4 Representing Sweden    
  50 kilometres Walk, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics 20 kilometres Walk, Men Olympic 7 Representing Sweden    
  50 kilometres Walk, Men Olympic 2 Silver
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics 20 kilometres Walk, Men Olympic 19 Representing Sweden    
  50 kilometres Walk, Men Olympic 16

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