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Hasse Börjes

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameHasse•Börjes
Used nameHasse•Börjes
Born25 January 1948 in Rättvik (SWE)
Measurements184 cm / 92 kg
AffiliationsIFK Rättvik, Rättvik (SWE)
NOC Sweden

Biography

As a top 500 metre skater, Hasse Börjes was greatly helped by the introduction of sprint championships during his career. In 1970, the year in which the first international sprint championships were held (later to be officially termed World Sprint Championships), Börjes made his name as one of the best 500 m skaters in the world. That season, he bettered the world record no less than three times, being the first man to beat 39 seconds in the event. He also won both 500 metre events at the international sprint championships. At the next edition, he again won one 500 metre event. By 1972, Erhard Keller had become the man to beat, having lowered the world record to 38.3 early in the year. Keller also retained his Olympic title, with Börjes grabbing the silver. After tying the new world record in March that year, Börjes turned professional. He was the outstanding sprinter in the recently set-up circuit, winning two European titles and a World sprint title before the pro circuit folded. The award cabinet of Börjes further features the inaugural Swedish sprint title (1971) and five 500 m titles (1967, 1969-72). Apart from his four 500 m world records, he also once lowered the sprint points record, in 1971. Following the end of the pro circuit, Hasse Börjes studied naprapathy, a form of alternative medicine, which he has practised ever since.

Personal Bests: 500 – 38.0 (1972); 1000 – 1:19.87 (1974); 1500 – 2:12.4 (1971).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) SWE Hasse Börjes
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =15
1972 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) SWE Hasse Börjes
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1972 Winter Olympics 5 February 1972 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Final Standings 39.69 2

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1972 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony SWE Hasse Börjes

Special Notes