Henry Eriksson

Knut Henry Eriksson (* 23. January 1920, † 8. January 2000) was a Swedish athlete and olympia winner.

During his entire sporty career its largest opponent was its compatriot Lennart beach. Eriksson had its first international appearance with the European championship 1946 in Oslo, where he terminated the 1500-Meter-Lauf behind beach as the second. To 15. Eriksson and beach very close running had July 1947 , with the national Swedish championships in Malmö over 1500 meters, which beach with a new world record of 3:43.0 won minutes. Eriksson was second with a time of 3:44,4 minutes, which its personal Bestzeit was also simultaneous over this distance.

With the XIV. 1948 in London the three Sweden Eriksson, beach and Gösta Bergkvist went to olympic summer games as clear favorites to the start. However they did not have the best conditions. Running started in strong rain and a slippery course. After a kilometer Erikkson and beach took the speed off and set off of the remainder of the field. When bending on the goal straight lines beach at Eriksson tried to go past, created this however not. Eriksson terminated a running with a projection/lead of 4 yards in a time of 3:49,8 minutes and got those gold medal. Silver went to beach and the bronze medal won the Dutchman Wim Slijkhuis.

Eriksson was with the XVI. Olympic summer games 1956 in Melbourne of one of the three descale the olympic flame.


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