Erik Lundqvist

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Non-starter
Full nameErik Hjalmar•Lundqvist
Used nameErik•Lundqvist
Born29 June 1908 in Grängesberg, Ludvika (SWE)
Died7 January 1963 in Grängesberg, Ludvika (SWE)
Measurements187 cm / 83 kg
AffiliationsIFK Grängesberg, Grängesberg, Ludvika (SWE)
NOC Sweden


Nicknamed “Målarn” (“The Painter”), Erik Lundqvist had a very short, but highly successful career in international javelin throwing, basically only one year – 1928, when he won all but one of his meets, including Olympic gold and his only Swedish title. Thirteen days after his Olympic victory, he broke the world record, throwing 71.01 in Stockholm, becoming the first javelin thrower to break the 70 metre barrier. After his highly successful 1928 season, Lundqvist competed rarely, hampered by illness and injuries, although he managed to produce his personal best of 71.16 in 1936. Outside of sports, Lundqvist worked as a house painter, hence the nickname, in Grängesberg, an iron ore mining town in central Sweden.

Personal Best: JT – 71.16 (1936).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics SWE Erik Lundqvist
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1936 Summer Olympics Athletics SWE Erik Lundqvist
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) DNS