Sweden at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Sweden at the
1956 Summer Olympics
IOC code SWE
NOC Swedish Olympic Committee
Website www.sok.se (Swedish) (English)
in Melbourne/Stockholm
Competitors 88 (74 men and 14 women) in 14 sports
Flag bearer Melbourne Per Carlesson Stockholm Gösta Boltenstern
Ranked 6th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
8 5 6 19
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Sweden competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, with the exception of the equestrian events, which could not be held in Australia due to quarantine regulations. Instead, those events were held five months earlier in Stockholm, Sweden.

88 competitors, 74 men and 14 women, took part in 74 events in 14 sports.[1] Swedish athletes won a total of 19 medals at the games, including 3 golds in the equestrian events held in their own country.


Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Gert Fredriksson Canoeing Men's K1 1000 m
 Gold Gert Fredriksson Canoeing Men's K1 10000 m
 Gold Petrus Kastenman Equestrian Three-Day Eventing Individual
 Gold Henri Saint Cyr Equestrian Dressage Individual
 Gold Adolf Boltenstern Jr.
Gehnäll Persson
Henri Saint Cyr
Equestrian Dressage Team
 Gold Lars Hall Modern pentathlon Men's Individual
 Gold Hjalmar Karlsson
Sture Stork
Lars Thörn
Sailing Men's 5½ m Class
 Gold Leif Wikström
Folke Bohlin
Bengt Palmquist
Sailing Men's Dragon Class
 Silver Karin Lindberg
Ann-Sofi Pettersson
Eva Rönström
Evy Berggren
Doris Hedberg
Maud Karlén
Gymnastics Women's Team Exercise with portable Apparatus
 Silver Sven Gunnarsson
Olle Larsson
Ivar Aronsson
Gösta Eriksson
Bertil Göransson
Rowing Men's Coxed Fours
 Silver Olof Sköldberg Shooting Men's Running Deer, Single & Double Shot
 Silver Edvin Vesterby Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Men's Bantamweight
 Silver William Thoresson Gymnastics Men's Floor
 Bronze John Ljunggren Athletics Men's 50 km Walk
 Bronze Ann-Sofi Pettersson Gymnastics Women's Side Horse Vault
 Bronze John Sundberg Shooting Men's Small-bore Rifle, Three Positions
 Bronze Per Gunnar Berlin Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Men's Welterweight
 Bronze Rune Jansson Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Men's Middleweight
 Bronze Karl-Erik Nilsson Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Men's Light Heavyweight


Men's Marathon




Men's Team Time Trial

Men's Individual Road Race


Women's 10m Platform

  • Preliminary Round — 50.48
  • Final — 75.21 (→ 8th place)


Five fencers, all men, represented Sweden in 1956.

Men's épée
Men's team épée


Modern pentathlon

Three male pentathletes represented the Sweden in 1956. Lars Hall won gold in the individual event.





Eight shooters represented Sweden in 1956. Olof Sköldberg won a silver in the 100m running deer and John Sundberg won a bronze in the 50 m rifle, three positions.

50 m pistol
300 m rifle, three positions
50 m rifle, three positions
50 m rifle, prone
100m running deer





  1. "Sweden at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
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