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
NOCSwedish Olympic Committee
Websitewww.sok.se (in Swedish and English)
in Melbourne/Stockholm
Competitors97 (83 men and 14 women) in 15 sports
Flag bearerMelbourne Per Carleson Stockholm Gösta Boltenstern
Ranked 6th
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

97 competitors, 83 men and 14 women, took part in 74 events in 14 sports in Australia[1] and 6 events in 1 sport in Sweden. Swedish athletes won a total of 19 medals at the games, including 3 golds in the equestrian events held in their own country.

Medalists Edit

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

Athletics Edit

Men's Marathon

Boxing Edit

Canoeing Edit

Cycling Edit

Men's Team Time Trial

Men's Individual Road Race

Diving Edit

Women's 10m Platform

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

Equestrian Edit




Fencing Edit

Five fencers, all men, represented Sweden in 1956.

Men's épée
Men's team épée

Gymnastics Edit

Modern pentathlon Edit

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

  • Lars Hall
  • Bertil Haase
  • Björn Thofelt

Rowing Edit

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

Men's coxed four
Men's eight

Sailing Edit

Shooting Edit

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

Swimming Edit

Weightlifting Edit

Wrestling Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Sweden at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Sweden Rowing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2018.