Anna Larsson (athlete)

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Anna Larsson
Anna Larsson 1945.jpg
Anna Larsson in 1945
Personal information
Nickname(s)Nora-Anna
NationalitySwedish
CitizenshipSwedish
Born(1922-01-02)2 January 1922
Died14 June 2003(2003-06-14) (aged 81)
Sport
CountrySweden
SportAthletics
Event(s)800 m
ClubIFK Nora
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 m – 2:13.8 (1945)[1]

Anna "Nora-Anna" Larsson (2 January 1922 – 14 June 2003) was a Swedish middle-distance runner who set several world records in 1944–1945.[2] After winning an 800 meters running event in 1945 she became the first woman to run a victory lap at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium.[3]

Larsson won seven consecutive national 800 m titles in 1943–1949 and never lost an 800 m race in her career.[4] In 1945, she was awarded the Kamratmedaljen award for best IFK performance of the year. She worked at the family farm in Öskevik outside Nora until marrying in 1947.

World records[edit]

  • 27 August 1944 – 800 meters, time: 2:15.9, Zinkensdamms IP, Stockholm, Sweden (Swedish national championships)
  • 19 August 1945 – 800 meters, time: 2:14.8, Olympia, Helsingborg, Sweden (Swedish national championship)
  • 30 August 1945 – 800 meters, time: 2:13.8, Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 5 September 1945 – 880 yards, time: 2:15.8, Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anna Larsson. trackfield.brinkster.net
  2. ^ "In memoriam: Nora-Anna" (in Swedish). Svenska Friidrottsförbundet. 17 June 2003. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Anna Larsson – världsbäst på 800" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  4. ^ Anna "Nora-Anna" "Gullan" Larsson Hedlund. storagrabbar.se
Records
Preceded by
Germany Lina Radke
Women's 800 metres World Record Holder
1944-08-27 – 1950-07-16
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Yevdokia Vasilyeva