John Mikaelsson

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John Mikaelsson
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Personal information
Born 6 December 1913
Kristinehamn, Sweden
Died 16 June 1987 (aged 73)
Placer County, California, United States
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 10 km walk
Club IFK Kristinehamn (1932–38)
Sundbybergs IK (1939–42)
Västerås SK (1943–44)
Stockholms GK 1945–52
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 42:52.4 (1945)[1]

John Frederik Mikaelsson (6 December 1913 – 16 June 1987) was a Swedish race walker who set 14 European and world records in various events. He was most successful over 10 km distance, winning Olympic gold medals in 1948 and 1952 and a European title in 1946.[1][2]

Mikaelsson competed domestically in running, skiing, orienteering, handball and football. His international race walking career began with a win at the 1937 English championship, but was then interrupted by World War II.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Mikaelsson Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b John Mikaelsson. Swedish Olympic Committee


Records
Preceded by
Germany Fritz Bleiweiss
Men's 20km Walk World Record Holder
30 May 1937 – 5 June 1955
Succeeded by
Czechoslovakia Josef Doležal