Johan Frithiof Isidor "John" Svanberg (1 May 1881 – 11 September 1957) was a Swedish runner. He competed in the 5 miles and marathon at the 1906 Intercalated Games and 1908 Summer Olympics and won two silver and one bronze medals.[1][2] In 1908 he set a world record over 3000 m that stood until 1911.

John Svanberg
John Svanberg.jpg
Personal information
Born1 May 1881
Stockholm, Sweden
Died11 September 1957 (aged 76)
New York City, United States
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight59 kg (130 lb)
ClubFredrikshofs IF, Stockholm
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)5 miles – 24:47.6 (1907)
Marathon – 2:58:21 (1906)

After the 1908 Olympics Svanberg was deprived of his amateur status for some commercial activities. He moved to the United States, where he worked as a painter and continued competing in running. He died in New York in 1957.[2]


  1. ^ John Svanberg.
  2. ^ a b John Svanberg. Swedish Olympic Committee
Preceded by
  Edward Dahl
Men's 3,000 m World Record Holder
21 August 1908 – 11 June 1911
Succeeded by
  Jean Bouin