Egil Danielsen

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Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Norway
Gold medal – first place 1956 Melbourne Javelin throw

Egil Danielsen (born 9 November 1933 in Hamar, Norway) is a former Norwegian javelin thrower. He represented Hamar IL.

Daielsen won the gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics with a throw of 85.71 metres. This was a new world record as well as a career best for Danielsen.[1] The world record stood until June 1959, when Al Cantello improved it to 86.04 m.[2]

In addition Danielsen finished tenth at the 1954 European Championships and won a silver medal at the 1958 European Championships. At the 1960 Summer Olympics he did not qualify for the final.[3] He became Norwegian champion in the years 1953-1957.[4] For his Olympic victory and world record Danielsen was selected Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year in 1956.

Danielsen has been a minor political candidate for the Norwegian Pensioner Party.[5]


Preceded by
Audun Boysen
Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
Succeeded by
Magne Lystad