Arne Borg

Claes Arne Borg (18 August 1901 – 7 November 1987) was a Swedish swimmer.[1] He is best known for breaking 32 world records and winning five Olympic medals in the 1920s. In 1926 Borg won the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal, shared with Edvin Wide. Next year, at the 1927 European Championships, he set a new world record in the 1500 m at 19:07.2 which stood for nearly 11 years. Besides swimming, Borg also won a European silver medal in water polo in 1926. His twin brother Åke was also an Olympic medalist in swimming.[2]

Arne Borg
Boy Charlton and Arne Borg 1928.jpg
Arne Borg (right) and rival Boy Charlton at 1928 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameClaes Arne Borg
National teamSweden
Born(1901-08-18)18 August 1901
Stockholm, Sweden
Died7 November 1987(1987-11-07) (aged 86)
Vallentuna, Sweden
ClubStockholms KK

At the end of his swimming career Borg turned professional and toured with aquatic shows. After that he worked as a swimming coach and ran his tobacco shop in Stockholm.[3]

His daughter Inga Borg (1925-2017) was a children's book writer.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Arne Borg". Olympedia. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
  2. ^ Arne Borg.
  3. ^ Arne Borg. Swedish Olympic Committee
Preceded by
Men's 1500 metres freestyle
world record holder (long course)

8 July 1923 – 15 July 1924
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Men's 1500 metres freestyle
world record holder (long course)

18 August 1926 – 10 August 1938
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
with Edvin Wide

Succeeded by