Magnus Wegelius

Karl Magnus Wegelius (20 August 1884 – 9 December 1936) was a Finnish multi-sport athlete, who won five Olympic medals and eight Finnish national championships in sport shooting, gymnastics and track and field athletics.

Magnus Wegelius
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Personal information
Full nameKurt Magnus Wegelius
National teamFinland
Born(1884-08-20)20 August 1884
Hattula, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire
Died9 December 1936(1936-12-09) (aged 52)
Croydon, United Kingdom
EducationMaster of Science (Technology), Helsinki University of Technology, 1909
OccupationEngineer, plant manager
  • Ester Tavaststjerna (m. 1915)
  • Elsbeth Anna Martinson (m. 1929)
SportSport shooting, gymnastics, track and field athletics
  • Suomen Metsästysyhdistys
  • Porin Tarmo
  • Helsingin Kisa-Veikot



Magnus Wegelius at the Olympic Games
Games Sport Event Rank Notes
1908 Summer Olympics Gymnastics Men's team 3rd Source: [1]
1920 Summer Olympics Shooting 300 metre free rifle, three positions 37th– Exact rank unknown
Team free rifle 4th
300 metre team military rifle, prone 3rd
300 metre military rifle, standing 11th– Exact rank unknown
300 metre team military rifle, standing 7th
600 metre military rifle, prone 11th
600 metre team military rifle, prone 8th
300 and 600 metre team military rifle, prone 10th
100 meter team running deer, single shots 2nd
100 metre team running deer, double shots 3rd
1924 Summer Olympics Shooting 100 meter running deer, single shots 12th
100 meter team running deer, single shots 5th
100 meter running deer, double shots 7th
100 meter team running deer, double shots 4th
Team clay pigeons 3rd


He won two bronze medals at the ISSF World Shooting Championships in 1929:[2]

  • 100 metre running deer single shots, men team
  • 100 metre running deer double shots, men team


In shooting, he won six Finnish championships in single-shot moose in 1914, 1921, 1922, 1926, 1927 and 1928.[3]

In track and field athletics, he won two Finnish national championship golds 4 × 100 metres relay and 1600 metre medley relay, both in 1910, representing the club Porin Tarmo.[4]

He was a treasurer and a vice president of Finnish Shooting Sport Federation.[5]


He performed his matriculation exam in Tampere Real Lycaeum in 1905 and graduated as a diplomi-insinööri from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1909.[5]

Beginning in 1910, he worked as an engineer. He became the manager of the SOK production plants in 1918.[5]

He was a board member of the Association of National Work.[5]

He was a Knight (Chevalier) of the White Rose of Finland.[5]


His parents were farmer Uno Wegelius and Helena Charlotta Wirzenius. He married Ester Tavaststjerna in 1915 and Elsbeth Anna Martinson in 1929. He had a daughter.[5]


He died in the 1936 KLM Croydon accident while on a business trip to England.[6][7]


  1. ^ Mallon, Bill; Buchanan, Ian (2001). The 1908 Olympic Games: Results for All Competitors in All Events, With Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina, United States: McFarland. pp. 185. ISBN 978-0-7864-0598-5.
  2. ^ "Historical results". Munich, Germany: International Shooting Sport Federation. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  3. ^ Virtamo, Keijo; et al., eds. (1976). Fokus urheilu 2 (in Finnish) (4th ed.). Helsinki: Otava Publishing Company. pp. 138–139. ISBN 951-1-00331-3.
  4. ^ Laitinen, Esa (1987). Suomen yleisurheilun tilasto-osa (in Finnish). Helsinki: Finnish Amateur Athletic Association. p. 332.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Suomen liikemiehiä. Affärsmän i Finland (in Finnish and Swedish). III: Täydennysosa — Supplementband. Helsinki: Suomen kauppa ja teollisuus. 1936. p. 1621.
  6. ^ Magnus Wegelius at Olympedia  
  7. ^ "Järkyttävä lento-onnettomuus Englannissa". Hämeen Sanomat (in Finnish). Hämeenlinna. 10 December 1936. p. 4. ISSN 0356-2751. Retrieved 23 January 2021 – via Digital Collections of National Library of Finland.