Jane Cederqvist

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Jane Cederqvist
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Personal information
Full name Jane Barbro Iréne Cederqvist
National team  Sweden
Born (1945-07-01) 1 July 1945 (age 72)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club SK Neptun

Jane Barbro Iréne Cederqvist (born 1 July 1945) is a retired Swedish freestyle swimmer. In 1960, she set two world records, won a silver medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics,[1] and became the youngest person and the first woman to receive the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.[2] The upcoming year she retired from swimming and later became a government official.


Cederqvist grew up in the suburbs of Stokholm. She learned to swim at age 6, and at age 12 started training in a club. Within a few years she became a world top freestyle swimmer,[3] and won a bronze medal at the 1958 World Junior Championships.[4] She finished second in the 400 m freestyle at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, and a few days later set a new world record in the 1500 m freestyle in Sweden. Just before the games she broke another world record, in the 800 m freestyle.

In 1961 she quit swimming to focus on her studies. In 1970 she received her BA and in 1980 a PhD in history with a thesis titled Arbetare i strejk: studier rörande arbetarnas politiska mobilisering under industrialismens genombrott: Stockholm 1850–1909 (Workers on strike: the political mobilization of the working class in Stockholm 1850–1909).[5] She then took various jobs for central and local governments, such as department director at the National Audit Office for six years and then director of the Association of Local Authorities. From 1994, she worked at the Ministry of Industry, and in 1998 became director of the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities. Cederqvist had long wanted to become directly involved with history and was first excited with this job, but later became frustrated with the lack of funds and moved to the Ministry of Finance, where between 1999 and 2002 she acted as director-general of the Swedish Fortifications Agency and then worked as a tax analyst.[3][6]

Cederqvist lives in Stockholm. She is married to Hans Mattsson and has a son David (born ca. 1977).[3]

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Preceded by
Ilsa Konrads
Women's 1500 metres Freestyle
World Record Holder (Long Course)

8 September 1960 – 27 June 1961
Succeeded by
Margareta Rylander
Preceded by
Agne Simonsson
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
Succeeded by
Ove Fundin and
Sten Lundin