John Zander

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John Zander
John Adolf Fredrik Zander in 1916.jpg
Personal information
Born 31 January 1890
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 9 June 1967 (aged 77)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 800–10000 m
Club Mariebergs IK, Stockholm
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 800 m – 1:58.2 (1916)
1500 m – 3:54.7 (1917)
Mile – 4:16.8 (1918)
5000 m – 14:57.5 (1918)
10000 m – 32:59.8 (1915)[1]

John Adolf Fredrik Zander (31 January 1890 – 9 June 1967) was a Swedish middle-distance runner who competed at the 1912 and 1920 Summer Olympics in the 1500 m and 3000 m events.

In 1912 he finished seventh and tenth, respectively. Although his 3,000 m team placed second he did not receive a medal because only three best runners from a team were counted, while he was fourth. The 1916 Olympics were cancelled due to World War I. At the 1920 Games Zander failed to finish his 1500 m race. He helped Sweden to qualify for the final in the 3000 metre team race but he did not run in the final, in which Sweden won the bronze medal.[2]

Nationally Zander won 10 Swedish titles, in the 800 m (1912–13), 1,500 m (1913, 1915–18), steeplechase (1915) and 5,000 m (1917–18). He also won one mile race at the English AAA Championship; 3,000 and 5,000 m events at the 1914 Baltic Games, and four events at the 1916 Swedish Games. He semi-retired in 1918, and had a rib injury while preparing for the 1920 Olympics. During his career he set Swedish records in the 1,500 and 5,000 m and world records over 1,500, 2,000 and 3,000 metres. In retirement he worked as an actuary for the Pension Board in Stockholm.[2][3]

References[edit]

Media related to John Zander at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ John Zander. trackfield.brinkster.net
  2. ^ a b John Zander. sports-reference
  3. ^ John Zander. Swedish Olympic Committee
Records
Preceded by
United States Abel Kiviat
Men's 1,500 m World Record Holder
5 August 1917 – 19 June 1924
Succeeded by
Finland Paavo Nurmi
Preceded by
Finland Hannes Kolehmainen
Men's 3,000 m World Record Holder
12 July 1917 – 27 August 1922
Succeeded by
Finland Paavo Nurmi
Preceded by
European Record Holder Men's 1500m
5 August 1917 – 18 June 1924
Succeeded by
Finland Paavo Nurmi