Arne Andersson

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Not to be confused with American professional wrestler Arn Anderson.
Arne Andersson (left), just behind Gunder Hägg as he sets a new world record for the mile at 4:06.2 in Gothenburg on 1 July 1942.

Arne Anderson (27 October 1917, Trollhättan – 1 April 2009) was a Swedish middle distance runner who became famous for his rivalry with his compatriot Gunder Hägg in the 1940s. Andersson set a 1500 metres world record in Gothenburg in August 1943 with a time of 3:45.0 min. He was born in Trollhättan, Sweden.

Andersson set three world records for the Mile: the first in Stockholm in July 1942 in (4:06.2); this record was broken in the same year by Hägg (4:04.6). Andersson recaptured the world record in Gothenburg in July 1943 (4:02.6), and improved it further in Malmö in July 1944 (4:01.6). However, Hägg had the last word when he ran (4:01.4) in Malmö in 1945 (Hägg's record was not broken until Roger Bannister ran the first sub-4 Mile in Oxford in 1954). Andersson won the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1943.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Löparlegendar har gått ur tiden". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). April 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
Records
Preceded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
Men's 1500 m World Record Holder
17 August 1943 – 7 July 1944
Succeeded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
Preceded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
Men's Mile World Record Holder
10 July 1942 – 4 September 1942
Succeeded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
Preceded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
Men's Mile World Record Holder
1 July 1943 – 17 July 1945
Succeeded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
Preceded by
Gunder Hägg
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1943
Succeeded by
Nils Karlsson
Preceded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
European Record Holder Men's 1500 m
17 August 1943 – 16 July 1944
Succeeded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg