|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||John Adolf Fredrik•Zander|
|Born||31 January 1890 in Stockholm (SWE)|
|Died||9 June 1967 in Stockholm (SWE)|
|Measurements||180 cm / 66 kg|
|Affiliations||Mariebergs IK, Stockholm (SWE)|
John Zander was one of the world’s best middle- and long-distance runners just before World War I, who decided many races with his long, hard sprint. In 1912 Zander won his first Swedish Championship, which qualified him for the Stockholm Olympics. It was the first of 10 Swedish titles: 800 (1912-13); 1,500 (1913, 1915-18); steeplechase (1915); and 5,000 (1917-18). Other victories include the English AAA Championship over one mile, the 1914 Baltic Games, in which he won both the 3,000 and 5,000 metres, and the 1916 Swedish Games, where he won four events. In 1918 he finished his active career but returned to compete at the 1920 Olympics, although a rib injury prevented him from reaching top form. During his career he set Swedish records in the 1,500 and 5,000 metres. His first Swedish record in the 1,500 was also a world record. He set other world records in the non-Olympic events, the 2,000 and 3,000 metres. Zander was appointed “Stor grabb” #24 in Athletics in 1928. He worked as an actuary for the Pension Board in Stockholm.
Personal Best: 1500 – 3:54.7 (1917); 3000 – unknown.
|1912 Summer Olympics||Athletics||1,500 metres, Men||Olympic||7||Representing Sweden|
|3,000 metres, Team, Men||Olympic||Sweden||2||Silver|
|1920 Summer Olympics||Athletics||1,500 metres, Men||Olympic||AC||Representing Sweden|
|3,000 metres, Team, Men||Olympic||Sweden||3||Bronze|