|Full name||Gustaf Richard Mikael Holmér|
23 September 1891|
Djursdala, Vimmerby, Sweden
22 April 1983 (aged 91)|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
110 mH – 15.8 (1914)|
HJ – 1.85 m (1917)
Decathlon – 5889 (1919)
Gustaf "Gösta" Richard Mikael Holmér (23 September 1891 – 22 April 1983) was a Swedish athlete who competed in the 1912 and 1920 Olympics. In 1912 he won a bronze medal in the decathlon and placed eighth in the pentathlon, despite not running the 1500 m stage. In 1920, he placed fourth in the decathlon and was eliminated in the first round of the 110 m hurdles event. Nationally Holmér won Swedish titles in the pentathlon (1912–13, 1915, 1917 and 1920), decathlon (1913 and 1917–19) and 110 m hurdles (1913).
In the 1912 Olympic decathlon Holmér finished fourth, but was awarded a bronze medal after the winner Jim Thorpe was disqualified for violating amateur rules. Thorpe was reinstated as a winner in 1982, and Holmér was moved down to the fourth place, yet he retained a bronze medal.
In the 1930s, while coaching the downtrodden Swedish cross-country team, Holmér developed the fartlek interval training technique. His concept was faster-than-race-pace and concentrated on simultaneous speed/endurance training. The technique proved successful and has been adopted by many physiologists since then.
- Gösta Holmér. sports-reference.com
- Gösta Holmér. trackfield.brinkster.net
- Gustaf (Gösta) "Gösse" Holmér 1891-1983. storagrabbar.se
- Gösta Holmér. Swedish Olympic Committee
- Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's Decathlon. sports-reference.com
- Joe Schatzle, Jr. (November 2002) "Finding Fartlek: The history and how-to of speed play". Running Times Magazine
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