Johan Harmenberg

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Johan Harmenberg
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Personal information
Born (1954-09-08) 8 September 1954 (age 60)
Stockholm, Sweden
Sport
Sport Fencing

Johan Harmenberg (born 8 September 1954 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish epee fencer. Harmenberg completed two years of study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979, leaving his course early (he would have graduated in 1981) before returning to Sweden to pursue his fencing career.[1]

Fencing career[edit]

He has won eight individual and/or team epee gold medals at Olympic, World Championship, and World Cup competitions.

World Championships[edit]

He earned his World Championship titles in Individual Épée and Team Épée events at the 1977 competitions in Buenos Aires.[2]

He also won a bronze medal in Team Épée at the 1979 World Championships in Hamburg.

World Cups[edit]

Harmenberg captured three Individual Épée World Cup Championships within four years: 1977 (Bern), 1979 (Heidenheim), and 1980 (Heidenheim). He also won team titles at the 1977 and 1980 World Cups.

Olympics[edit]

At the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, he won a gold medal in the Individual Épée.[3][4] In three of the final matches he won by only one touch.[5] He is the only Swede to have won an individual gold medal in fencing.[6] Harmenberg was a member of the Swedish épée team as well; the team placed 5th in the team épée competition.

Hall of Fame[edit]

Harmenberg, who is Jewish, was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.[7]

Scholarship[edit]

Harmenberg co-authored scientific papers entitled "Fencing: Biomedical and Psychological Factors," "Comparison of different tests of fencing performance" (1991), and "Physiological and morphological characteristics of world class fencers" (1990).[8]

Harmenberg has since had a distinguished career in medical pharmacology, publishing a variety of papers relating to viral immunology.[9] After stints as VP of pharmaceutical development at Medivir,[10] Chief Medical officer at Algeta ASA,[11] is currently (2014) Medical Director and VP of clinical development at Axelar AB [12] in Stockholm, Sweden.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Tech, Volume 99, page 11, (tech.mit.edu), accessed May 1, 2010" (PDF). Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Fencing World Championships, (sports123.com), accessed May 1, 2010". sports123.com. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Johan Harmenberg". databaseolympics.com. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Johan Harmenberg Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
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  7. ^ cache:MA5TNaifDgoJ:www.jewishsports.net/biopages/JohanHarmenberg.htm Johan Harmenberg, – Google Search at the Wayback Machine (archived September 26, 2007)
  8. ^ Archived March 9, 2003 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ ""author:J. author:Harmenberg" – Google Scholar". Scholar.google.com. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  10. ^ "RP-606 Rights Revert to Medivir, (newsblaze.com), accessed May 1, 2010". newsblaze.com. December 9, 2005. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  11. ^ Nature Biotechnology (September 1, 2006). "Nature Biotechnology Journal". Nature.com. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Axelar :: The Team". Axelar.se. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 

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