Bergens TF

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Bergens Turn
Athletics club
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Full name Bergens Turnforening
Founded 5 March 1882
Ground Fana stadion (athletics),
Turnhallen (gymnastics)
Bergen

Bergens Turnforening, often shortened to Bergens Turn is a Norwegian sports club from Bergen, founded in 1882. It has sections for athletics, orienteering, gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics. The biggest international success has come in gymnastics, where the club had multiple Olympic champions before the Second World War. In the same period the club saw its heyday in Norwegian athletics; it is now a feeder team of IL Gular.

General history[edit]

The club was founded on 5 March 1882,[1] among others by Johan Martens. He was a sportive pioneer who chaired the club from 1882 to 1888 and 1892 to 1897, and also the Norges Turn- og Gymnastikkforbund from 1899 to 1911 and the Norwegian National Confederation of Sports from 1910 to 1914.[2]

Gymnastics[edit]

Olympic medal winners include Sigvard Sivertsen (1908, team and 1912, free system team),[3] Bjarne Johnsen (1912, free system team),[4] Knud Leonard Knudsen (1912, free system team),[5] Tor Lund (1912, free system team),[6] Hans Beyer (1912, free system team),[7] Sigurd Jørgensen (1912, free system team),[8] Nils Opdahl (1912, free system team),[9] Jacob Opdahl (1912, free system team and 1920, free system team),[10] Lauritz Wigand-Larsen (1920, free system team),[11] Jakob Erstad (1920, free system team),[12] and Otto Johannessen (1920, free system team).[13] Tore Lie represented Bergens TF, and was a 1972 Olympian.[14]

Athletics[edit]

The best known athlete to represent Bergens TF is Johan Christian Evandt, who dominated the standing jumps. Between 1956 and 1966 he won seven Norwegian titles in the standing high jump, and ten in the standing long jump. His personal bests were 1.77 metres in the standing high jump and 3.65 in the standing long jump, both of which were Norwegian records for some time.[15] Jan W. Larsen won the standing long jump national championship in 1953, and took three other medals. He also took three silvers in the standing high jump.[16][17]

The club saw its heyday before the Second World War. In the high jump, J. Bergmann-Olsen became Norwegian champion in 1927 and won the silver in 1928.[18] In the hurdles, Haakon Semeleng won a bronze medal (110 m) in 1923 and Ragnar Rødseter in 1937 (400 m).[19][20] Jacob de Rytter Kielland won bronze medals in the shot put and javelin throw in 1901; Bjarne Meyer took a javelin bronze in 1928.[21][22]

Peter Jersin won the 500 metres and 1500 metres in 1901,[23][24] Johan Eliassen took a 400 metres silver in 1903.[25] The latter took a long jump bronze in 1903 as well.[26] Bronze medals were claimed by Birger Hagemann in 1901 (100 metres),[27] Helge Svaar in 1958 and 1959 (200 metres),[28] and Kasper Slåttrem in 1937 (5000 metres).[28] The latter also won a decathlon silver medal in 1933, and a pentathlon bronze in 1934.[29][30]

The club has had considerably less success among women. Synnøva Reiakvam, later married Borgen, became Norwegian high jump champion in 1955 and 1957, and also won medals in 1956 and 1958.[31] She also won the standing high jump in 1957 and 1958, and bronze and silver in 1955 and 1956.[32] Hallfrid Østerbø won the now-defunct event called swing-ball throw in 1953 and 1954.[33]

The athletics section is now a feeder team of IL Gular.

Orienteering[edit]

Åge Hadler has represented Bergens TF.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Om Bergens Turnforening" (in Norwegian). Bergens TF. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Skreien, Norvall. "Johan Martens". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sigvard Sivertsen". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bjarne Johnsen". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Knud Knudsen". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Tor Lund". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Hans Beyer". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Sigurd Jørgensen". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Nils Opdahl". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Jacob Opdahl". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Lauritz Wigand-Larsen". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jakob Erstad". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Otto Johannessen". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  14. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Tore Lie". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  15. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Johan Christian Evandt". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "Lengde uten Tilløp/Standing Long Jump". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  17. ^ "Høyde uten Tilløp/Standing High Jump". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  18. ^ "Høyde/High Jump". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  19. ^ "110 meter Hekk/Hurdles". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  20. ^ "400 meter Hekk/Hurdles". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  21. ^ "Kule/Shot Put". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  22. ^ "Spyd/Javelin Throw". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  23. ^ "500 meter". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  24. ^ "1500 meter". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  25. ^ "400 meter". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  26. ^ "Lengde/Long Jump". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  27. ^ "100 meter". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  28. ^ a b "200 meter". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  29. ^ "10-kamp/Decathlon". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  30. ^ "5-kamp/Pentathlon". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  31. ^ "Høyde/High Jump". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  32. ^ "Høyde uten Tilløp/Standing High Jump". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  33. ^ "Slengball/Swing-ball Throw". Norwegian Athletics. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  34. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Åge Hadler". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 

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