Gunder Hagg

Born Dec 31, 1918
Nationality Sweden Sweden

Gunder Hägg was born December 31, 1918, in Sörbygden, Sweden and died November 27, 2004, in Malmö. He was commonly called as Gunder.

Gunder Hagg was a Swedish runner. In the 1940s, he was a multiple world record breaker in marathon. Gunder Hagg had set several middle distance World records at events which range from 1500 meters to 5000 meters. The list includes three records of one at both1500 meters and the mile, one at 3000 meters and one at 5000 meters.

Men’s 1,500 m World Record Holder - August 10, 1941 – August 17, 1943Men’s 1,500 m World Record Holder - July 7, 1944 – June 29, 1952Men’s Mile World Record Holder - July 1, 1942 – July 10, 1942Men’s Mile World Record Holder - September 4, 1942 – July 1, 1943Men’s Mile World Record Holder - July 17, 1945 – May 6, 1954Men’s 3,000m World Record Holder - August 28, 1942 – August 12, 1949Men’s Two Miles World Record Holder - June 3, 1942 – August 26, 1952Men’s 5000 m World Record Holder - September 20, 1942 – May 30, 1954Svenska Dagbladet - Gold Medal - 1942Associated Press - Male Athlete of the Year – 1943

Gunder Haag was an athlete for a very short period of time but was always remembered for his extraordinary accomplishments in athletics. His name is an inspiring national symbol for Sweden. Hagg’s and his accomplishments transcend the sports environment and imbued confidence, nationalism, optimism, and pride among all Swedish people.

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