Sweden at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Sweden at the Olympic Games

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NOC Swedish Olympic Committee
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At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors
Medals
Rank: 3
Gold
8
Silver
6
Bronze
11
Total
25
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906
Other related appearances
Youth Olympics Paralympics

Sweden competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. It was the third appearance of the European nation, which had missed only the 1904 Summer Olympics.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Frithiof Mårtensson Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Men's middleweight
 Gold Swedish men's team Gymnastics Men's team
 Gold Hjalmar Johansson Diving Men's 10 m platform
 Gold Ulrich Salchow Figure skating Men's singles
 Gold Oscar Swahn Shooting Men's single-shot running deer
 Gold Arvid Knöppel
Ernst Rosell
Alfred Swahn
Oscar Swahn
Shooting Men's team single-shot running deer
 Gold Eric Lemming Athletics Men's javelin throw
 Gold Eric Lemming Athletics Men's freestyle javelin
 Silver Mauritz Andersson Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Men's middleweight
 Silver Karl Malmström Diving Men's 10 m platform
 Silver Richard Johansson Figure skating Men's singles
 Silver Carl Hellström
Edmund Thormählen
Erik Wallerius
Eric Sandberg
Harald Wallin
Sailing Men's 8 metre class
 Silver Per-Olof Arvidsson
Janne Gustafsson
Axel Jansson
Gustaf Adolf Jonsson
Claës Rundberg
Gustav-Adolf Sjöberg
Shooting Men's team free rifle
 Silver Eric Carlberg
Vilhelm Carlberg
Johan Hübner von Holst
Franz-Albert Schartau
Shooting Men's team small-bore rifle
 Bronze Robert Andersson
Erik Bergvall
Pontus Hanson
Harald Julin
Torsten Kumfeldt
Axel Runström
Gunnar Wennerström
Water polo Men's competition
 Bronze Märtha Adlerstråhle Tennis Women's indoor singles
 Bronze Wollmar Boström
Gunnar Setterwall
Tennis Men's indoor doubles
 Bronze Harald Julin Swimming Men's 100 m freestyle
 Bronze Pontus Hanson Swimming Men's 200 m breaststroke
 Bronze Arvid Spångberg Diving Men's 10 m platform
 Bronze Per Thorén Figure skating Men's singles
 Bronze Oscar Swahn Shooting Men's double-shot running deer
 Bronze Otto Nilsson Athletics Men's freestyle javelin
 Bronze Bruno Söderström Athletics Men's pole vault
 Bronze John Svanberg Athletics Men's 5 miles

Athletics[edit]

Sweden was one of 5 nations to win at least one gold medal in athletics, and one of only three to earn more than one. Sweden's two gold medals placed the nation third in the standings behind the United States and Great Britain.

Running
Event Place Athlete Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 100 metres Heats Knut Lindberg 11.2 seconds
2nd, heat 8
Did not advance
Knut Stenborg 11.5 seconds
2nd, heat 7
Karl Fryksdal Unknown
3rd, heat 12
Men's 200 metres Semi-
finalist
Sven Låftman 23.8 seconds
1st, heat 6
Did not start
—, semifinal 2
Did not advance
Heats Knut Stenborg Unknown
4th, heat 2
Did not advance
Knut Lindberg Unknown
4th, heat 11
Men's 400 metres Heats Sven Låftman Unknown
3rd, heat 4
Did not advance
Arvid Ringstrand Unknown
3rd, heat 14
Men's 800 metres Semi-
finalist
Kristian Hellström None held Unknown
2nd, semifinal 8
Did not advance
Evert Björn Unknown
3rd, semifinal 1
Edward Dahl Did not finish
—, semifinal 5
Frank Danielson Did not finish
—, semifinal 6
Men's 1500 metres Semi-
finalist
Edward Dahl None held Unknown
2nd, semifinal 8
Did not advance
Axel Andersson Unknown
6th, semifinal 8
Evert Björn Did not finish
—, semifinal 3
Men's 110 metre hurdles Oscar Lemming Did not finish
—, heat 6
Did not advance
Men's medley relay Semi-
finalist
Sven Laftman
Knut Lindberg
Knut Stenborg
Evert Björn
None held Unknown
2nd, semifinal 1
Did not advance
Men's 3 mile team race Semi-
finalist
John Svanberg None held 14:57.0
6 points, team=21
Did not advance
Georg Peterson 15:14.4
7 points, team=21
Edward Dahl 15:21.0
8 points, team=21
No place Axel Wiegandt 15:33.0
No score, team=21
Seth Landqvist 15:46.4
No score, team=21
Men's 5 miles 3rd John Svanberg None held 25:46.2
1st, semifinal 1
25:37.2
9th Seth Landqvist 27:00.2
1st, semifinal 3
Unknown
Heats Georg Peterson Unknown
3rd, semifinal 4
Did not advance
Edward Dahl Did not finish
—, semifinal 2
Men's marathon 8th John Svanberg None held 3:07:50.8
21st Gustaf Törnros 3:30:20.8
Seth Landqvist Did not finish
Johan Lindqvist Did not finish
J. T. Bergvall Did not start
J. G. A. Lundberg Did not start
Georg Peterson Did not start
Men's 3500 metre walk 7th Einar Rothman None held 17:40.2
3rd, semifinal 2
17:50.0
Men's 10 mile walk Einar Rothman None held Did not finish
—, semifinal 2
Did not advance
Jumping
Event Place Athlete Height/
Distance
Men's high jump 8th Axel Hedenlund 1.80 metres
16th Folke Hellstedt 1.67 metres
Men's long jump 10th Gunnar Rönström 6.66 metres
20th Carl Silfverstrand 6.34 metres
21-32 Arvid Ringstrand Unknown
Hugo Wieslander Unknown
Men's triple jump 7th Karl Fryksdal 13.65 metres
Men's pole vault 3rd Bruno Söderström 3.58 metres
10th Carl Silfverstrand 3.20 metres
Men's standing high jump 14th Allan Bengtsson 1.40 metres
Karl Fryksdahl 1.40 metres
Men's standing long jump 5th Ragnar Ekberg 3.19 metres
Throwing
Event Place Athlete Distance
Men's shot put 9-25 Hugo Wieslander Unknown
Men's discus throw 12-42 Folke Fleetwood Unknown
Eric Lemming Unknown
Theodor Neijström Unknown
Otto Nilsson Unknown
Hugo Wieslander Unknown
Men's hammer throw 8th Eric Lemming 43.06 metres
10-19 Robert Olsson Unknown
Men's javelin throw 1st Eric Lemming 51.92 metres
3rd Otto Nilsson 47.11 metres
8-16 Hugo Wieslander Unknown
Men's Greek discus 11-23 Folke Fleetwood Unknown
Eric Lemming Unknown
Men's freestyle javelin 1st Eric Lemming 54.44 metres
5th Hugo Wieslander 47.56 metres
10-33 Knut Lindberg Unknown
Otto Nilsson Unknown

Cycling[edit]

Event Place Cyclist Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 660 yards Heats Andrew Hansen Unknown
3rd, heat 6
Did not advance
Men's 20 kilometres 5-9 Andrew Hansen None held 34:53.6
1st, semifinal 5
Unknown
Semi-
finalist
Gustaf Westerberg 33:41.4
3rd, semifinal 6
Did not advance
Men's 100 kilometres 9-17 Andrew Hansen None held 2:50:21.4
1st, semifinal 1
Did not finish
Gustaf Westerberg Unknown
3rd, semifinal 2
Did not finish
Men's sprint Heats Andrew Hansen Unknown
2nd, heat 3
Did not advance

Diving[edit]

Sweden dominated the platform diving in 1908, taking the top four spots in the event.

Event Place Diver Preliminary
groups
Semi-
finals
Final
Men's 10 metre platform 1st Hjalmar Johansson 78.40 points
1st, group 2
80.75 points
1st, semifinal 2
83.75 points
2nd Karl Malmström 73.95 points
2nd, group 2
67.00 points
2nd, semifinal 1
78.73 points
3rd Arvid Spangberg 79.20 points
1st, group 4
72.30 points
1st, semifinal 1
74.00 points
4th Robert Andersson 73.55 points
1st, group 5
66.75 points
2nd, semifinal 2
68.30 points
8th Hilmer Löfberg 68.90 points
1st, group 3
59.18 points
4th, semifinal 1
Did not advance
9th Harald Arbin 76.80 points
2nd, group 4
52.81 points
5th, semifinal 1
11th Erik Adlerz 74.10 points
3rd, group 1
Did not advance
15th Gunnar Vingqvist 65.70 points
4th, group 4
17th Sigfrid Larsson 64.80 points
3rd, group 3
20th Axel Runström 57.60 points
4th, group 5
Men's 3 metre springboard 14th Karl Malmström 70.30 points
4th, group 3
Did not advance
20th Sigfrid Larsson 64.50 points
5th, group 4

Fencing[edit]

Event Place Fencer First
round
Second
round
Semi-
final
Final
Men's épée Semi-
finalist
Gustaf Lindblom 5-3 (2nd in I) 3-1 (1st in 5) 4-5 (6th in 2) Did not advance
First
round
Eric Carlberg 3-3 (4th in A) Did not advance
Henry Peyron 3-3 (4th in F)
Birger Cnattingius 1-4 (4th in L)
Pontus von Rosen 3-4 (5th in A)
Georg Branting 0-4 (5th in K)
Gösta Olson 1-5 (6th in L)
Event Place Fencers Play-in
match
First
round
Semi-
finals
Final Repechage Silver
medal match
Men's team épée 6th Eric Carlberg
Gustaf Lindblom
Henry Peyron
Pontus von Rosen
Bye Lost to Belgium
11-6
Out
6th place
Did not advance Not relegated

Figure skating[edit]

The Swedish men swept the medals, while the only female Swedish skater took 4th.

Event Place Skater Score
Men's individual 1st Ulrich Salchow 377.3
2nd Richard Johansson 365.2
3rd Per Thorén 357.4
Women's individual 4th Elna Montgomery 170.3

Football[edit]

Sweden was represented by the Sweden national football team.

Event Place Players First round Semifinals Final Bronze match
Men's football 4th Sune Almkvist, Nils Andersson, Karl Ansén, Oskar Bengtsson, Gustaf Bergström,
Arvid Fagrell, Åke Fjästad, Karl Gustafsson, Valter Lidén, Hans Lindman (captain),
Teodor Malm, Sven Ohlsson, Olle Olsson, Sven Olsson
Lost vs.
Great Britain
4-0
Did not advance Lost vs.
Netherlands
2-0

Gymnastics[edit]

Event Place Gymnast Score
Men's team 1st Gösta Åsbrink, Carl Bertilsson, Andreas Cervin, Hjalmar Cederkrona, Rudolf Degermark, Carl Folcker, Sven Forssman, Erik Granfelt, Carl Hårleman, Nils Hellsten, Gunnar Höjer, Arvid Holmberg, Carl Holmberg, Osvald Holmberg, Hugo Jahnke, John Jarlén, Gustaf Johnsson, Rolf Johnsson, Nils Kantzow, Sven Landberg, Olle Lanner, Axel Jung, Osvald Moberg, Carl Martin Norberg, Erik Norberg, Thor Norberg, Axel Norling, Daniel Norling, Gösta Olsson, Leonard Peterson, Sven Rosén, Gustav Rosenqvist, Axel Sjöblom, Birger Sörvik, Haakon Sörvik, Karl Johan Svensson, Gustav Vinqvist, Nils Widforss 438

Sailing[edit]

Class Place Boat Sailors
6 metre 5th Freja Karl-Einar Sjögren, Birger Gustafsson, Jonas Jonsson
8 metre 2nd Vinga Carl Hellström, Edmund Thormählen, Erik Wallerius,
Eric Sandberg, Harald Wallin
5th Saga John Carlsson, Edvin Hagberg, Hjalmar Lönnroth,
Karl Ljungberg, August Olsson

Shooting[edit]

Event Place Shooter Score
Men's 1000 yard free rifle 34th Ossian Jörgensen 77
43rd Erik Ohlsson 54
44th Fredrik Mossberg 48
46th Ernst Rosell 27
Men's 300 metre free rifle 4th Gustav-Adolf Sjöberg 874
5th Janne Gustafsson 872
7th Axel Jansson 843
12th Per-Olof Arvidsson 823
15th Gustaf Adolf Jonsson 812
23rd Fredrik Mossberg 761
28th Erik Ohlsson 751
50th Ossian Jörgensen 420
Men's team free rifle 2nd Gustaf Adolf Jonsson
Per-Olof Arvidsson
Axel Jansson
Gustav-Adolf Sjöberg
Claës Rundberg
Janne Gustafsson
4711
Men's team military rifle 5th Claës Rundberg
Ossian Jörgensen
Janne Gustafsson
Per-Olof Arvidsson
Axel Jansson
Gustaf Adolf Jonsson
2213
Men's stationary target small-bore rifle 10th Vilhelm Carlberg 370
18th Johan Hübner von Holst 349
Men's moving target small-bore rifle 8th Otto von Rosen 18
15th Eric Carlberg 9
Vilhelm Carlberg 9
Johan Hübner von Holst 9
Frans-Albert Schartau Did not finish
Men's disappearing target small-bore rifle 7th Vilhelm Carlberg 45
9th Eric Carlberg 42
Otto von Rosen 42
Frans-Albert Schartau 42
15th Johan Hübner von Holst 39
Men's team small-bore rifle 2nd Vilhelm Carlberg
Frans-Albert Schartau
Johan Hübner von Holst
Eric Carlberg
737
Men's single-shot running deer 1st Oscar Swahn 25
11th Ernst Rosell 17
Men's double-shot running deer 3rd Oscar Swahn 38
8th Ernst Rosell 27
Men's team single-shot running deer 1st Alfred Swahn
G. Arvid Knöppel
Oscar Swahn
Ernst Rosell
86
Men's individual pistol 18th Frans-Albert Schartau 436
20th Vilhelm Carlberg 432
27th Johan Hübner von Holst 408
33rd Eric Carlberg 396
35th Otto von Rosen 386
Men's team pistol 5th Vilhelm Carlberg
Eric Carlberg
Johan Hübner von Holst
Frans-Albert Schartau
1732
Men's individual trap shooting 25th Alfred Swahn 22
27th Edward Benedicks 19

Swimming[edit]

Event Place Swimmer Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 100 metre freestyle 3rd Harald Julin 1:12.0
1st, heat 4
1:10.2
2nd, semifinal 1
1:08.0
Heats Robert Andersson Unknown
3-5, heat 3
Did not advance
Men's 400 metre freestyle Heats Robert Andersson 6:28.0
2nd, heat 2
Did not advance
Vilhelm Andersson Unknown
4th, heat 1
Men's 1500 metre freestyle Heats Gunnar Wennerström 27:15.4
2nd, heat 1
Did not advance
Gustaf Wretman 28:40.8
3rd, heat 6
Vilhelm Andersson 27:34.4
4th, heat 2
Men's 100 metre backstroke Heats Gustaf Wretman Unknown
3rd, heat 6
Did not advance
Men's 200 metre breaststroke 3rd Pontus Hanson 3:15.0
2nd, heat 4
3:13.0
2nd, semifinal 2
3:14.6
Semi-
finalist
Wilhelm Persson 3:17.6
1st, heat 2
Unknown
3rd, semifinal 2
Did not advance
Heats Hjalmar Johansson 3:21.2
2nd, heat 3
Did not advance
Per Fjästad 3:31.4
2nd, heat 5
Torsten Kumfeldt 3:24.6
2nd, heat 6
Max Gumpel Unknown
3rd, heat 1
Adolf Andersson Unknown
3rd, heat 7
Men's 4x200 metre freestyle relay Semi-
finalist
Gustaf Wretman
Gunnar Wennerström
Harald Julin
Adolf Andersson
None held Unknown
3rd, semifinal 2
Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Sweden was Great Britain's only competitor in the indoor tennis events, taking two bronze medals.

Event Place Name Round
of 16
Quarter-
finals
Semi-
finals
Final
Men's indoor singles 5th Wollmar Boström Bye Lost to Eaves Did not advance
Gunnar Setterwall Defeated Escombe Lost to Caridia
Women's indoor singles 3rd Märtha Adlerstråhle None held Bye Lost to Greene Did not advance
4th Elsa Wallenberg Defeated Coles Lost to Eastlake-Smith
Men's indoor doubles 3rd Wollmar Boström
Gunnar Setterwall
None held Bye Lost to
Caridia/Simond
Did not advance
Opponent nation Wins Losses Percent
Great Britain 3 5 .375
Total international 3 5 .375
Sweden 1 1 .500
Total 4 6 .400

Tug of war[edit]

Sweden's tug of war team lost in the semifinals (their first match). They did not appear for the bronze medal match, thereby taking 4th place.

Event Place Athletes Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Tug of war 4th Albrekt Almqwist, Frans Fast, Carl-Emil Johansson, Emil Johansson,
Knut Johansson, Karl Krook, Karl-Gustaf Nilsson, Anders Wollgarth
Bye Lost to
Great Britain
Liverpool Police
Did not advance

Water polo[edit]

Event Place Water poloists Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Men's water polo 3rd Robert Andersson, Erik Bergvall, Pontus Hanson, Harald Julin,
Torsten Kumfeldt, Axel Runström, Gunnar Wennerström
Bye Lost to Belgium
8-4
Did not advance

Wrestling[edit]

Event Place Wrestler Round
of 32
Round
of 16
Quarter-
finals
Semi-
finals
Final
Greco-Roman lightweight 4th Gunnar Persson Bye Defeated
Blount
Defeated
Maróthy
Lost to
Porro
Lost to
Lindén
5th Gustaf Malmström Defeated
McKenzie
Defeated
Bruseker
Lost to
Porro
Did not advance
9th Carl Erik Lund Bye Lost to
Orlov
Did not advance
Greco-Roman middleweight 1st Frithiof Mårtensson Defeated
Bechynê
Defeated
Bradshaw
Defeated
Larsson
Defeated
Andersen
Defeated
Andersson
2nd Mauritz Andersson Defeated
S. Bacon
Defeated
Beck
Defeated
Eriksen
Defeated
Jósepsson
Lost to
Mårtensson
5th Axel Frank Bye Defeated
Demin
Lost to
Jósepsson
Did not advance
17th Harry Challstorp Lost to
Beck
Did not advance
Greco-Roman light heavyweight 5th Fritz Larsson Defeated
Christiansen
Defeated
Wijbrands
Lost to
Weckman
Did not advance
Event Place Wrestler Round
of 16
Quarter-
finals
Semi-
finals
Final
Freestyle middleweight 4th Carl Andersson Bye Defeated
Craige
Lost to
Relwyskow
Lost to
Beck
9th Harry Challstorp Lost to
Relwyskow
Did not advance
Opponent nation Wins Losses Percent
Bohemia 1 0 1.000
Denmark 5 1 .833
Finland 0 2 .000
Great Britain 5 4 .556
Hungary 1 0 1.000
Italy 0 2 .000
Netherlands 2 0 1.000
Russia 1 1 .500
United States 1 0 1.000
Total international 16 10 .615
Sweden 1 1 .500
Total 17 11 .607

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