Thor Helland

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Thor Helland
Personal information
Full nameThor Oluf Helland
NationalityNorwegian
Born(1936-12-10)10 December 1936
Sørfold, Nordland
Died2 August 2021(2021-08-02) (aged 84)
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Sport
Event(s) 5,000 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)13.37.4 (1965)

Thor Helland (10 December 1936 – 2 August 2021 [1] ) was a Norwegian long-distance runner who specialized in the 5000 metres.

Helland was born in Sørfold, Nordland.

At the 1964 Summer Olympics he finished eighth in the 5000m final in 13:57.0 minutes. [2] He became Norwegian champion 12 times in the years 1961 to 1967. [3] He represented the club IL i BUL. [4]

His personal best time was 13:37.4 minutes, achieved in June 1965 in Helsinki. [5] He held the Norwegian record for 3000m three times, 5000m two times, and 10,000m once. [6] He also held the Nordic record for 5000m and 3000m in 1965.

He and his wife, Unni Helland (a prominent athlete herself) have contributed a great deal to their club IL i BUL as coaches. In 2020 they were still actively training and supporting the new generation of athletes. [7]

Thor and Unni Helland lived in Oslo, Norway and have two children together, Ståle (b.1961) and Lasse (b.1963). They also have two granddaughters: Anine (b.1992) and Emilie Josephine (b.1993).

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References

  1. https://www.bul.no/thor-helland-til-minne/
  2. Norwegian international athletes - H Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  3. Bryhn, Rolf (18 April 2020), "Thor Helland", Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian Bokmål), retrieved 5 July 2020
  4. Norwegian championships in 5000 m Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  5. Norwegian all-time list 5000 m Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  6. Bryhn, Rolf (18 April 2020), "Thor Helland", Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian Bokmål), retrieved 5 July 2020
  7. "Arrangøren – BUL | Asics Sentrumsløpet". Asics Sentrumsløpet (in Norwegian Nynorsk). Retrieved 5 July 2020.