October 14, 1897|
|Died||December 25, 1977
Harald Strøm (14 October 1897 – 25 December 1977) was a Norwegian speed skater, world champion, European champion and world record holder on 5000 metres. He was also a football player, national champion with his club, and playing for the national football team.
He set his first speed skating world record on 5000m in 1921 (8:27.7), being the first to break the magic 8:30. He improved his own record in 1922 (8:26.5). His record lasted for seven years, until Ivar Ballangrud overtook the record with 8:24.2 in 1929.
Strøm won a gold medal at the 1922 World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Men, winning both the 5000m and 10000m, and he received a silver medal in 1923. He received a gold medal at the 1923 European Allround Championships, where he also won the 5000m distance.
Over the course of his career, Strøm skated two world records:
|5000 m||8:27.7||February 20, 1921||Kristiania|
|5000 m||8:26.5||February 18, 1922||Kristiania|
|Men's Speed skating|
|500||45.2||February 18, 1922||
|1500||2:24.2||February 2, 1923||
|5000||8:26.5||February 18, 1922||
|10000||17:32.8||February 19, 1921||
An overview of medals won by Strøm at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:
|Championships||Gold medal||Silver medal||Bronze medal|
Strøm played for the football club Ørn Horten, and became two times Norwegian champion, in 1920 and in 1927. Strøm also played in the Cup final in 1916 and 1926, which Ørn lost. He played sixteen matches for the Norwegian national team between 1918 and 1927.
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