Ingeborg Sjöqvist

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Ingeborg Sjöqvist
Ingeborg Sjöqvist 1936.jpg
Ingeborg Sjöqvist at the 1936 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1912-04-19)19 April 1912
Kalmar, Sweden
Died 22 November 2015(2015-11-22) (aged 103)
Rydebäck, Sweden
Sport Diving
Club Kalmar SS

Ingeborg Maria Ingers (née Sjöqvist; 19 April 1912 – 22 November 2015) was a Swedish diver.


Ingeborg Sjöqvist was born on 19 April 1912 in Kalmar, Sweden. She had an older sister, Lala (1903–1964).

She won two silver medals in the 10 meter platform event at the European championships, in 1931 and 1934. She competed in the platform at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics and finished in fourth and ninth place, respectively.[1] Her elder sister Lala won a bronze medal in the platform at the 1928 Olympics.[2]

Later in life Ingers recalled that her home town's diving board was 3 m shorter than regulation, and thus she had to stand on a built-up scaffold to train for her 10 m event.[1] She turned 100 in April 2012 and was the world's oldest living Olympian from the death of Guo Jie[1][3] until her own one week later.[4] In 1939, she married Lennart Ingers (born 14 April 1915), who also became a centenarian in April 2015, after 75 years of marriage.[5] Lennart died on 5 November 2015, just 2 weeks and 3 days before Ingeborg.


  1. ^ a b c Michael Stothard (9 June 2012). "The Olympians: Ingeborg Sjöqvist, Sweden". Financial TImes Magazine. 
  2. ^ "Ingeborg Sjöqvist". Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. 
  3. ^ ""Kickan" är äldre än Stockholms-OS" (in Swedish). Swedish Olympic Committee. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Landén, Petter (2015-11-27). "Rekordsvenskan Ingeborg Ingers död". Expressen (in Swedish). Bonnier Group. Retrieved 2015-11-26. 
  5. ^ Rekordpar i Rydebäck med rätt att fira rejält. Helsingborgs Dagblad. 14 April 2015