Hugo Wieslander

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1912 Hugo Wieslander.jpg
Hugo Wieslander at the 1912 Olympics
Personal information
Born 11 June 1889
Ljuder, Sweden
Died 24 May 1976 (aged 86)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Sport Decathlon
Club IFK Stockholm

Karl Hugo Wieslander (11 June 1889 – 24 May 1976) was a Swedish athlete, who competed in combined events. He set the inaugural world record in the pentathlon in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1911 with a score of 5516 points. The following year he finished second in the decathlon at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, 688 points behind Jim Thorpe.[1] In 1913, after it was discovered that Thorpe played professional baseball for a minor league team, Thorpe was disqualified for not being an amateur. Wieslander was therefore declared the winner of the 1912 Olympics. He was awarded the Gold medal but refused to accept it. In 1982 Jim Thorpe was reinstated by the IOC with Hugo Wieslander as joint winners of the 1912 Olympic decathlon.[2]


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
First award
World's Greatest Athlete
(with United States Jim Thorpe)
Succeeded by
Norway Helge Løvland