Sweden at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Sweden competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, with the exception of the equestrian events, which could not be held in Australia due to quarantine regulations. Instead, those events were held five months earlier in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sweden at the
1956 Summer Olympics
Flag of Sweden.svg
IOC codeSWE
NOCSwedish Olympic Committee
Websitewww.sok.se (in Swedish and English)
in Melbourne/Stockholm
Competitors88 (74 men and 14 women) in 14 sports
Flag bearerMelbourne Per Carlesson Stockholm Gösta Boltenstern
Medals
Ranked 6th
Gold
8
Silver
5
Bronze
6
Total
19
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

88 competitors, 74 men and 14 women, took part in 74 events in 14 sports.[1] Swedish athletes won a total of 19 medals at the games, including 3 golds in the equestrian events held in their own country.

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event
  Gold Gert Fredriksson Canoeing Men's K1 1000 m
  Gold Gert Fredriksson Canoeing Men's K1 10000 m
  Gold Petrus Kastenman Equestrian Three-Day Eventing Individual
  Gold Henri Saint Cyr Equestrian Dressage Individual
  Gold Adolf Boltenstern Jr.
Gehnäll Persson
Henri Saint Cyr
Equestrian Dressage Team
  Gold Lars Hall Modern pentathlon Men's Individual
  Gold Hjalmar Karlsson
Sture Stork
Lars Thörn
Sailing Men's 5½ m Class
  Gold Leif Wikström
Folke Bohlin
Bengt Palmquist
Sailing Men's Dragon Class
  Silver Karin Lindberg
Ann-Sofi Pettersson
Eva Rönström
Evy Berggren
Doris Hedberg
Maud Karlén
Gymnastics Women's Team Exercise with portable Apparatus
  Silver Sven Gunnarsson
Olle Larsson
Ivar Aronsson
Gösta Eriksson
Bertil Göransson
Rowing Men's Coxed Fours
  Silver Olof Sköldberg Shooting Men's Running Deer, Single & Double Shot
  Silver Edvin Vesterby Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Men's Bantamweight
  Silver William Thoresson Gymnastics Men's Floor
  Bronze John Ljunggren Athletics Men's 50 km Walk
  Bronze Ann-Sofi Pettersson Gymnastics Women's Side Horse Vault
  Bronze John Sundberg Shooting Men's Small-bore Rifle, Three Positions
  Bronze Per Gunnar Berlin Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Men's Welterweight
  Bronze Rune Jansson Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Men's Middleweight
  Bronze Karl-Erik Nilsson Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Men's Light Heavyweight

AthleticsEdit

Men's Marathon

BoxingEdit

CanoeingEdit

CyclingEdit

Men's Team Time Trial

Men's Individual Road Race

DivingEdit

Women's 10m Platform

  • Preliminary Round — 50.48
  • Final — 75.21 (→ 8th place)

FencingEdit

Five fencers, all men, represented Sweden in 1956.

Men's épée
Men's team épée

GymnasticsEdit

Modern pentathlonEdit

Three male pentathletes represented the Sweden in 1956. Lars Hall won gold in the individual event.

Individual
Team
  • Lars Hall
  • Bertil Haase
  • Björn Thofelt

RowingEdit

Sweden had nine male rowers participate in two out of seven rowing events in 1956.[2]

Men's coxed four
Men's eight

SailingEdit

ShootingEdit

Eight shooters represented Sweden in 1956. Olof Sköldberg won a silver in the 100m running deer and John Sundberg won a bronze in the 50 m rifle, three positions.

50 m pistol
300 m rifle, three positions
50 m rifle, three positions
50 m rifle, prone
100m running deer
Trap

SwimmingEdit

WeightliftingEdit

WrestlingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sweden at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Sweden Rowing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 28 February 2018.