Henrik Jørgensen (runner)

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Henrik Jørgensen (1986)

Henrik Høve Jørgensen (10 October 1961 – 26 January 2019) was a Danish marathon runner, who won the London Marathon in 1988. He finished 5th in 1985 in 2:09.43 hours – this time remains the Danish national record and stood as the Nordic record for over 30 years until beaten by Sondre Nordstad Moen in 2017. Born in Copenhagen, Jørgensen represented his native country in the men's marathon at the 1984 and the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He was a two-time national champion in the men's 5000 m.

Jørgensen competed for Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA until 1982, returning to Denmark later that year.[citation needed].

Jørgensen died on Bornholm in January 2019 aged 57, from heart attack during a training run[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Denmark
1982 Copenhagen Marathon Copenhagen, Denmark 1st Marathon 2:22:19
1983 Copenhagen Marathon Copenhagen, Denmark 1st Marathon 2:16:41
London Marathon London, United Kingdom 3rd Marathon 2:10:47
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 19th Marathon 2:14:10
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 19th Marathon 2:15:55
Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 5th Marathon 2:11:31
1985 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 5th Marathon 2:09:43
1986 Berlin Marathon West Berlin, West Germany 2nd Marathon 2:11:49
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 9th Marathon 2:14:58
1988 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:10:20
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 22nd Marathon 2:16:40


  1. ^ "Maratonstjernen Henrik Jørgensen er død – blev 57 år". www.bt.dk.