Pär Arvidsson

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Pär Arvidsson
Personal information
Full name Pär Arvidsson
Nickname(s) Pära
Nationality  Sweden
Born (1960-02-27) February 27, 1960 (age 55)
Finspång, Sweden
Sport Swimming
Strokes butterfly

Pär Arvidsson (born February 27, 1960 in Finspång) was a butterfly swimmer from Sweden. He won the 100 m butterfly at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow,[1][2] after having set the world record in the same event a couple of months earlier in Austin, Texas. He held the record until April 1981.[3]

Between 1976 and 1983 he became Swedish champion 22 times.

He held the Swedish record in the 200 butterfly until 2008.

After Graduating from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in economics he attended and graduated from Harvard Business School.

Personal bests[edit]

Long course (50 m)[edit]

Event Time

Date Meet Location Ref
100 m butterfly 54.15 11 Apr 1980 - Austin, TX, United States
200 m butterfly 2:00.42 18 Aug 1979 US Summer Nationals Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
Legend: WRWorld record; EREuropean record; NRSwedish record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial


Preceded by
United States Joe Bottom
Men's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

April 11, 1980 – April 3, 1981
Succeeded by
United States William Paulus
Preceded by
Darrell Griffith
Mark D. Herrmann
Donald J. Paige
Ronald K. Perry
Randy Lee Schleusener
NCAA Top Five Award
Class of 1982
Par J. Arvidsson
Rowdy Gaines
Oliver Luck
Kenneth W. Sims
Lynette Woodard
Succeeded by
Bruce Baumgartner
John Elway
Richard J. Giusto
Charles F. Kiraly
David R. Rimington