Knut Henry Eriksson
(January 23, 1920 – January 8, 2000) was a Swedish athlete
, winner of 1500 m at the 1948 Summer Olympics
All through his running career, Henry Eriksson was overshadowed by his fellow countryman Lennart Strand
, except in only and most important occasion at the London Olympic Games
Eriksson made his first international appearance at the 1946 European Championships in Oslo
, finishing second in 1500 m, behind Strand. On July 15, 1947, in the Swedish National Championships at Malmö
, Eriksson and Strand had a very close 1500 m race, which Strand won with a new world record
of 3:43.0. Eriksson was second in time of 3:44.4, and that would remain his personal best in that distance.
At London, the main favourites to the 1500 m Olympic gold were Swedes Strand, Eriksson and Gösta Bergkvist
. In the Olympic final the conditions were perhaps not the best. The race itself started in heavy rain and on a sodden track. After one kilometer, Eriksson and Strand picked up the speed and swept past the rest of the field. With 400 m to go they were ahead of Wim Slijkhuis
. Coming out of the last curve, Strand tried to pass Eriksson but didn't manage to get past his rival. Eriksson was a good four yards clear to win in 3:49.8.
Eriksson was one of the three Olympic Flame
lighters of the 1956 Summer Olympics equestrian
events at Stockholm
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