Gert Fredriksson

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Statue of Fredriksson in 2009

Gert Fridolf Fredriksson (November 21, 1919 in Nyköping, Södermanland – July 5, 2006) was a Swedish sprint canoer who competed from 1942 to 1964. Competing in four Summer Olympics, he won eight medals including six golds (1948: K-1 1000 m, K-1 10000 m; 1952: K-1 1000 m, 1956: K-1 1000 m, K-1 10000 m; 1960: K-2 1000 m), one silver (1952: K-1 10000 m), and one bronze (K-1 1000 m). At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Fredriksson was head coach of the Swedish team.

Fredriksson at first place with fellow Swede Sven-Olof Sjödelius at the 1960 Summer Olympics.

He was the most successful male canoeist ever, having gained medals in a succession of Swedish, Nordic, World and Olympic championships from 1942 - 1960. Fredriksson remains the most successful Swede at the Olympics, winning six gold medals at four Olympics.[1]

He also won seven gold medals at the World Championships and 71 medals in the Swedish championships.[2]

Fredriksson was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1949. In 1956 he was awarded the Mohammad Taher trophy by the International Olympic Committee as the number one sportsman in the world, the only canoeist to be presented with this trophy.

Nordic Championships
Year Event Gold Silver Bronze
1946-1955 K-1 500 m 2    
  K-1 1000 m 5    
  K-1 10000 m 5    
  K-1 4 x 500 m relay 5    
Total   17    
Swedish Championships
Year Event Gold Silver Bronze
1942-1960 K-1 500 m 1 1  
  K-1 1000 m 16 1 1
  K-1 10000 m 15   1
Total   32 2 2

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Preceded by
William Grut
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1949
Succeeded by
Lennart Bergelin