Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall

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Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall
Hans-Gunnar Liljenvall SOK.jpg
Personal information
Full nameHans-Gunnar Liljenwall
Born (1941-07-09) 9 July 1941 (age 78)
Jönköping, Sweden
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
SportModern pentathlon
ClubA6 IF, Jönköping

Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall (born 9 July 1941) is a Swedish modern pentathlete[1] who caused the disqualification of the Swedish team at the 1968 Summer Olympics for alcohol use. Liljenwall was the first athlete to be disqualified at the Olympics for drug use, following the introduction of anti-doping regulations by the International Olympic Committee in 1967.[2][3] Liljenwall reportedly had "two beers" to calm his nerves before the pistol shooting event.[4] The Swedish team eventually had to return their bronze medals.[5]

Liljenwall also participated in the 1964 and 1972 Olympics. In 1964 he finished 11th individually and fourth with the team, and in 1972 he placed 25th and fifth, respectively.[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b "Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall". sports-reference.com.
  2. ^ "Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall, Sweden Pentathlon, 1968". insidethegames.
  3. ^ "1968 Mexico City". insidethegames. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Hans-Gunnar Liljenvall" (in Swedish). Swedish Olympic Committee.
  5. ^ Smith, Red (1968). "Amateur Amity". In Anderson, Dave (ed.). The Red Smith Reader. Skyhorse. ISBN 9781629144863.