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Lennart Strand

Lennart Strand
Lennart Strand 1947.jpg
Strand in 1947
Personal information
Born13 June 1921
Malmö, Sweden
Died23 January 2004 (aged 82)
Malmö, Sweden
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
Event(s)800 m, 1500 m
ClubMAI Malmö
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 m – 1:51.8 (1949)
1500 m – 3:43.0 (1947)[1][2]

Lennart Strand (13 June 1921 – 23 January 2004) was a Swedish middle-distance runner who specialized in the 1500 m. In this event he won the national title in 1945–47, 1949 and 1950 and the European title in 1946, beating his compatriot Henry Eriksson. Two years later he finished second behind Eriksson at the 1948 Summer Olympics. In 1947 Strand equaled Gunder Hägg's 1500 m world record of 3:43.0 in Malmö.[1][2][3]

Strand retired from competitions in 1950 after abandoning the 1500 m final race at the European Championships. He was an accomplished piano player,[4] and released several jazz albums in 1952. He also worked as a sportswriter for the Sydsvenska Dagbladet newspaper. Strand died in 2004 due to injuries sustained in a traffic accident in late 2003.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lennart Strand.
  2. ^ a b Lennart Strand.
  3. ^ Lennart Strand Archived 2015-06-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Lennart Strand. Swedish Olympic Committee
Preceded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
European Record Holder Men's 1500m
15 July 1947 – 28 June 1952
Succeeded by
Germany Werner Lueg