Bertil Uggla

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Bertil Uggla
Bertil Uggla-Radiogymnastik.jpg
Uggla broadcasting his morning gymnastics program
Personal information
Born (1890-08-19)19 August 1890
Solna, Sweden
Died 29 September 1945(1945-09-29) (aged 55)
Karlstad, Sweden
Sport Modern pentathlon, fencing, athletics
Club IFK Stockholm
FFF, Stockholm
I1 IF, Stockholm
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) Pole vault – 3.82 m (1912)
Decathlon – 6681 (1915)[1]

Bertil Gustafsson Uggla (19 August 1890 – 29 September 1945) was a Swedish track and field athlete, modern pentathlete, and fencer. He competed in these sports at the 1912, 1920, 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics and won two bronze medals: in the pole vault in 1912 and in the modern pentathlon in 1924.[2] The 1912 pole vaulting competition was unusual in that two silver and three bronze medals were given to athletes who cleared equal heights.[3] Uggla was awarded Stora Grabbars Märke in 1928.[4]

Uggla was a son of general Gustaf Uggla and elder brother of the modern pentathlete Bengt Uggla. He was well known in Sweden for his morning gymnastics programs on Swedish radio from 1929 to 1945.[4][5] He was also head of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences (1945) and secretary of the Swedish gymnastics (1920–26) and fencing federations (1925–28); between 1928 and 1945 he was a member of Swedish Olympic Committee. Colonel Uggla died in an accident while preparing for an eventing competition in a forest outside Karlstad.[6]


  1. ^ Bertil Uggla.
  2. ^ "Bertil Uggla". 
  3. ^ Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's Pole Vault.
  4. ^ a b (Swedish) "NR 16 – Bertil G-son Uggla 1890–1945" (Retrieved on April 24, 2008)
  5. ^ (Swedish) "Morgongymnastik med Bertil Uggla."SR Minnen (Retrieved on April 24, 2008)
  6. ^ Bertil Uggla. Swedish Olympic Committee