Gert Fredriksson

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Gert Fredriksson
Gert Fredriksson at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Born 21 November 1919
Nyköping, Sweden
Died 5 July 2006 (aged 86)
Nyköping, Sweden
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Sport canoe sprint
Club Nyköpings Kanotklubb

Gert Fridolf Fredriksson (21 November 1919 – 5 July 2006) was a Swedish sprint canoeist. Competing in four Summer Olympics, he won eight medals including six golds (1948: K-1 1000 m, K-1 10000 m; 1952: K-1 1000 m, 1956: K-1 1000 m, K-1 10000 m; 1960: K-2 1000 m), one silver (1952: K-1 10000 m), and one bronze (K-1 1000 m). At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Fredriksson was head coach of the Swedish team.


He was the most successful male canoeist ever, having gained medals in a succession of Swedish, Nordic, World and Olympic championships from 1942 to 1960. With six gold medals Fredriksson remains the most successful Swede at the Olympics. [1]

He also won seven gold medals at the World Championships and 71 medals in the Swedish championships. [1]

Fredriksson was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1949. In 1956 he was awarded the Mohammad Taher trophy by the International Olympic Committee as the number one sportsman in the world, the only canoeist to be presented with this trophy. [2]

Nordic Championships
1946–1955K-1 500 m2  
 K-1 1000 m5  
 K-1 10000 m5  
 K-1 4×500 m relay5  
Total  17  
Swedish Championships
1942–1960K-1 500 m11 
 K-1 1000 m1611
 K-1 10000 m15 1
Total  3222

See also


Preceded by
William Grut
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
Succeeded by
Lennart Bergelin