Thor Helland

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Thor Helland
Personal information
Full nameThor Oluf Helland
Born (1936-12-10) December 10, 1936 (age 84)
Sørfold, Nordland
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Event(s) 5,000 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)13.37,4 (1965)

Thor Helland (born 10 December 1936 in Sørfold, Nordland) was a Norwegian long-distance runner who specialized in the 5000 metres.

At the 1964 Summer Olympics he finished eighth in the 5000m final in 13:57.0 minutes. [1] He became Norwegian champion 12 times in the years 1961-1967. [2] He represented the club IL i BUL. [3]

His personal best time was 13:37.4 minutes, achieved in June 1965 in Helsinki. [4] He held the Norwegian record for 3000m three times, 5000m two times, and 10.000m once. [5] 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. They are still actively training and supporting the new generation of athletes. [6]

Thor and Unni Helland live 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).


  1. Norwegian international athletes - H Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  2. Bryhn, Rolf (2020-04-18), "Thor Helland", Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian Bokmål), retrieved 2020-07-05
  3. Norwegian championships in 5000 m Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  4. Norwegian all-time list 5000 m Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  5. Bryhn, Rolf (2020-04-18), "Thor Helland", Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian Bokmål), retrieved 2020-07-05
  6. "Arrangøren – BUL | Asics Sentrumsløpet". Asics Sentrumsløpet (in Norwegian Nynorsk). Retrieved 2020-07-05.

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