Pär Arvidsson

Pär Arvidsson
Personal information
Full name Pär Arvidsson
Nickname(s) Pära
Nationality  Sweden
Born (1960-02-27) February 27, 1960
Finspång, Sweden
Sport Swimming
Strokes butterfly

Pär Arvidsson (born February 27, 1960 in Finspång) is a former butterfly swimmer from Sweden. He won the 100 m butterfly at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow,[1][2] after having set the world record in the same event a couple of months earlier in Austin, Texas. He held the record until April 1981.[3]

Between 1976 and 1983 he became Swedish champion 22 times.

He held the Swedish record in the 200 butterfly until 2008.

After Graduating from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in economics he attended and graduated from Harvard Business School.

Personal bests

Long course (50 m)

Event Time Date Meet Location Ref
100 m butterfly 54.15 11 Apr 1980 - Austin, TX, United States
200 m butterfly 2:00.42 18 Aug 1979 US Summer Nationals Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
Legend: WRWorld record; EREuropean record; NRSwedish record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial


Preceded by
Joe Bottom
Men's 100-metre butterfly
world record-holder (long course)

April 11, 1980 – April 3, 1981
Succeeded by
William Paulus


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