Hjalmar Mellander

Biographical information

Medals IG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Intercalated Games
SexMale
Full nameHjalmar Stefanus•Mellander
Used nameHjalmar•Mellander
Born14 December 1880 in Årstad, Falkenberg (SWE)
Died3 October 1919 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England (GBR)
Measurements183 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsIFK Halmstad, Halmstad (SWE)
NOC Sweden

Biography

Hjalmar Mellander won the ancient pentathlon contested at the 1906 Athina Olympics, which consisted of standing long jump, Greek style discus throw, javelin throw, stade race (ca 192 m) and Greco-Roman wrestling. He never won an individual event in the pentathlon, but his consistency brought him the gold medal. His highest event finish was third in Greco-Roman wrestling and his lowest seventh in the standing long jump.

Mellander had emigrated to England in 1902 and settled in Liverpool, where he worked as a “medical gymnast and masseur” or physiotherapist in modern terminology. As he lived abroad, Mellander competed in the Swedish championships only in 1904, when he won Swedish titles in long jump and the 400 m. At the British AAA championships, his best placement was third in long jump in 1905. In 1919, Mellander died quite young, when he died while trying to rescue a drowning person.

Personal Bests: 800 – 2.04.8 (1905); LJ – 6.68 (1904); JT – 44.30 (1906).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics SWE Hjalmar Mellander
400 metres, Men (Intercalated) DNS
800 metres, Men (Intercalated) AC h3 r1/2
Marathon, Men (Intercalated) DNS
High Jump, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Long Jump, Men (Intercalated) 4
Javelin Throw, Freestyle, Men (Intercalated) 4
Pentathlon (Ancient), Men (Intercalated) 1 Gold