Odd Rasdal

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Odd Rasdal (6 July 1911 – 4 March 1985) was a Norwegian long-distance runner who specialized in the 10,000 metres.

At the 1936 Summer Olympics he finished ninth in the 10,000 m final in 31:40.4 minutes. He again finished ninth at the 1938 European Championships.[1] He became Norwegian champion in both 5000 and 10,000 metres in the years 1937-1939,[2][3] and in cross-country running in the years 1935-1939. He represented TIF Viking in Bergen.[4] The Norwegian championships were not held from 1940-1945 due to World War II.

His personal best time over 10,000 metres was 31:02.4 minutes, achieved in September 1939 in Oslo.[5] He held Norwegian records in 10,000 as well as 5000 and 3000 metres.[6]

After retiring he continued as an athletics administrator. He was a deputy board member of the Norwegian Athletics Association from 1951 through 1952 and a board member from 1953 through 1954.[7] He was given the King's Medal of Merit in 1971. He died in 1985.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norwegian international athletes - R (Norwegian)
  2. ^ Norwegian championships in 5000 m (Norwegian)
  3. ^ Norwegian championships in 10,000 m (Norwegian)
  4. ^ Norwegian championships in cross-country running (Norwegian)
  5. ^ Norwegian all-time list 10,000 m (Norwegian)
  6. ^ a b "Odd Rasdal (obituary)". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 8 March 1985. p. 13. 
  7. ^ "Sentralstyret" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Athletics Association. Retrieved 10 June 2011.