Edvin Wide

Edvin Wide

Edvin Wide at the 1928 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1896-02-22)22 February 1896
Kemiö, Finland
Died 19 June 1996(1996-06-19) (aged 100)
Stockholm, Sweden
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 1500 m, 3000 m
Club Enköpings AIF, Enköping;
IF Linnéa, Stockholm[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1500 m – 3:51.8 (1926)
5000 m – 14:40.4 (1925)
10,000 m – 30:55.2 (1924)[2]

Emil Edvin Wide (22 February 1896 – 19 June 1996) was a Swedish middle-distance and long-distance runner.

Born in Finland as Emil Edvin Hermansson, Wide moved to Sweden in 1918.[3] He competed for Sweden at the 1920 Summer Olympics in the 3000 metre team event, winning a bronze medal, together with Eric Backman and Sven Lundgren. At the 1924 Olympics he won a silver medal in the 10,000 m behind Ville Ritola of Finland. He also finished third in the 5,000 m, behind Ville Ritola and Paavo Nurmi.[4]

At the 1928 Summer Olympics the 5,000 metre medals went to the same people as in 1924, only the Finns swapped medals, leaving Edvin with his third Olympic bronze medal. He then finished behind the same two yet again for the third time in Olympic competition to win the bronze medal in the 10,000 metres.[4]

Nationally Wide won 12 Swedish titles: five in the cross country (1922–26), four in the 1,500 m and three in the 5,000 m, and held Swedish records over 1,500 m, 5,000 m and 10,000 m. He also held world records in non-Olympic 4 × 1500 m, 2000 m and 3000 m events,[4] and won the United States two-mile indoor championships in 1929.[3]

Wide lived most of hist life near Enköping, where he worked as a school teacher and then headmaster. In 1926 he was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.[1][4] He retired from competitions in 1930.

Wide died at the age of 100. He was survived by wife Axelina (age 99) and two sons.[3]


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  1. 1 2 Edvin Wide 1896–1996. storagrabbar.se
  2. Edvin Wide. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. 1 2 3 Edvin Wide, 100, Olympic Track Medalist. Associated Press via The New York Times. 22 June 1996
  4. 1 2 3 4 "Edvin Wide". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
Preceded by
Finland Paavo Nurmi
Men's 3,000m World Record Holder
7 June 1925 – 24 May 1926
Succeeded by
Finland Paavo Nurmi

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