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Otto Nilsson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
SexMale
Full nameSven Otto•Nilsson
Used nameOtto•Nilsson
Born26 September 1879 in Göteborg (Gothenburg) (SWE)
Died10 November 1960 in Göteborg (Gothenburg) (SWE)
Measurements180 cm / 76 kg
AffiliationsÖrgryte IS, Göteborg (SWE)
NOC Sweden

Biography

Mainly a javelin thrower, Otto Nilsson competed in that event (both classical and freestyle) at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the 1908 classical javelin throw. He also competed in the discus at both Olympics, but with less success. He was always in the shadow of the great Swedish javelin thrower Eric Lemming, and Nilsson thus won only two national javelin titles (1901, 1906). Nilsson did win five national titles in discus (1899, 1901-02, 1906, 1909) and four in the shot put (1902-03, 1906-07), setting national records in both events. He also competed in swimming, wrestling, weightlifting, football, and gymnastics.

Personal Bests: DT – 39.42 (1912); JT – 52.73 (1912).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics SWE Otto Nilsson
Marathon, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Shot Put, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Discus Throw, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Discus Throw, Greek Style, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Javelin Throw, Freestyle, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Pentathlon (Ancient), Men (Intercalated) DNS
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics SWE Otto Nilsson
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) DNS
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) AC
Discus Throw, Greek Style, Men (Olympic) DNS
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Javelin Throw, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) AC
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics SWE Otto Nilsson
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) DNS
Shot Put, Both Hands, Men (Olympic) DNS
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 39
Discus Throw, Both Hands, Men (Olympic) DNS
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 10
Javelin Throw, Both Hands, Men (Olympic) 8

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1908 Summer Olympics 17 July 1908 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Qualifying Round 47.11 3