Jonny Nilsson

Jonny Nilsson

Jonny Nilsson in 1962
Personal information
Birth name Erling Martin Jonny Nilsson
Born (1943-02-09) 9 February 1943
Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Sport Speed skating
Club Bofors Cykelklubb; IK Wega, Göteborg
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 42.2 (1966)
1000 m: 1:33.1 (1969)
1500 m: 2:08.2 (1966)
3000 m: 4:27.3 (1963)
5000 m: 7:32.9 (1968)
10 000 m: 15:33.0 (1963)

Erling Martin Jonny Nilsson (born 9 February 1943) is a former speed skater from Sweden.


Jonny Nilsson at the 1964 Winter Olympics.

Aged 19 Nilsson made his international debut at the European Allround Championships in 1962, finishing 15th. Nilsson had trouble with the 500 m, which clearly showed at the World Allround Championships two weeks later – despite a 1st place on the 10,000 m and a 2nd place on the 5000 m, he finished only 10th overall because he had finished the 500 m in 45th place. For his accomplishments, Nilsson received the 1962 Oscar Mathisen Award. The next year at the World Allround Championships, he finished 23rd on the 500 m, but with a 6th place on the 1500 m and wins on both the 5,000 m and the 10000 m (both in new world record times), he made up his deficit and became World Allround Champion with a new world record samalog for the combination of the four distances.

At the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Nilsson was still the world record holder on both the 5000 m and the 10000 m, but he finished only 6th on the 5000 m. Two days later, though, he became Olympic Champion on the 10000 m.[1] In 1965, Nilsson finished 4th at the World Allround Championships, despite winning both the 5000 m (in a new world record time) and the 10000 m. His last international medal came the following year at the 1966 World Allround Championships, where he won bronze. He participated in the 5000 m and the 10000 m at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, but did not win any medals.

Besides his international successes, Nilsson won many national titles. He was Swedish Allround Champion four times (1964–1967) and won a total of 13 Swedish Single Distance Championships – twice on the 1,500 m (1966–1967), five times on the 5,000 m (1962–1966), and six times on the 10,000 m (1963–1968).

Nilsson earned the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1963. He is not related to his speed skating rival Ivar Nilsson.[2]


World records

Over the course of his career, Nilsson skated five world records:

5000 m7.34,3February 23, 1963Japan Karuizawa
10,000 m15.33,0February 24, 1963Japan Karuizawa
Big combination178.447February 24, 1963Japan Karuizawa
3000 m4.27,6March 23, 1963Norway Tolga
5000 m7.33,2February 13, 1965Norway Oslo


Personal records

500 m42.29 February 1966Davos
1000 m1:33.119 January 1969Gothenburg
1500 m2:08.22 February 1966Davos
3000 m4:27.623 March 1963Tolga
5000 m7:32.915 February 1968Grenoble
10000 m15:33.024 February 1963Karuizawa
Big combination178.44724 February 1963Karuizawa

Nilsson was number one on the Adelskalender, the all-time allround speed skating ranking, for a total of 329 days, from February 1963 to January 1964. He has an Adelskalender score of 176.873 points.



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  2. Johnny Nilsson.
  3. "Jonny Nilsson". Retrieved 29 August 2012.


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Preceded by
Netherlands Henk van der Grift
Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by
Norway Nils Aaness
Preceded by
Sweden Assar Rönnlund
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
Succeeded by
Sweden Rolf Peterson
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