William Petersson

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William Petersson
William Petersson 1921.jpg
William Petersson in 1921
Personal information
Born 6 October 1895
Sandby, Sweden
Died 10 May 1965 (aged 69)
Kalmar, Sweden
Event(s) 100 m, long jump
Club Kalmar IS
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m – 11.0 (1918)
LJ – 7.39 m (1924)

Reinhold William Eugen Petersson (later Björneman, 6 October 1895 – 10 May 1965) was a Swedish athlete. He competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics in the long jump and 4 × 100 m relay and won a gold and a bronze medal, respectively.[1] Petersson won four Swedish long jump titles, in 1918–20 and 1924.[2]

In 1918 Petersson graduated from the Schartaus institute of trade and then worked in the banking sector in Germany, France and Britain. In 1928 he became assistant director and then Vice President of J. G. Schwartz in Norrköping. In 1938 he changed to a position of assistant director and then vice president at margarine factories in Stockholm, and since 1941 he headed slaughterhouses in Malmö. In 1940 he represented Sweden at a special trade mission in London.[3]


  1. ^ William Petersson. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ William Petersson. Swedish Olympic Committee
  3. ^ Svensk uppslagsbok, andra upplagan 1947. svenskuppslagsbok.se