Göran Claeson

Göran Claeson

Göran Claeson in 1970
Personal information
Born (1945-03-04)4 March 1945
Älvsjö, Sweden
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Sport Speed skating
Club Södermalms IK, Bromma

Göran Claeson (born 4 March 1945) is a former speed skater from Sweden.

Claeson participated in the 1,500 m at the 1968 Winter Olympics of Grenoble, but finished only 20th.[1] In 1969, at the first European Allround Championships in which Claeson participated, he won bronze. Three weeks later, at the first World Allround Championships in which he participated, he won silver. More international medals followed during the next few years, but none of them were gold. Then, after the 1971–1972 season, two of the world's top skaters, Ard Schenk and Kees Verkerk, joined a newly formed professional league. Another top skater, Dag Fornæss, retired from speed skating. The following season, Claeson promptly became both European and World Allround Champion.

Claeson won several more medals, including a bronze medal on the 1,500 m at the 1972 Winter Olympics of Sapporo.[1] In 1975, he entered the European Allround Championships as the reigning European Champion, but he finished only 11th. He retired from speed skating that same year.


Claeson WC 1973 (Polygoon Film)

An overview of medals won by Claeson at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics 1972 (1,500 m)
World Allround 1973 1969
World Sprint
European Allround 1973

In addition, Claeson won a total of 25 Swedish National Championships titles:


World record

Over the course of his career, Claeson skated one world record:

Big combination171.7582 March 1969 Inzell

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[2]

Personal records

To put these personal records in perspective, the column WR lists the official world records on the dates that Claeson skated his personal records.[1]

500 m39.215 January 1972Davos38.0
1,000 m1:20.23 March 1971Notodden1:18.8
1,500 m2:00.117 January 1971Inzell1:58.7
3,000 m4:17.4710 January 1973Misurina4:08.3
5,000 m7:17.01 March 1969Inzell7:16.7
10,000 m15:18.714 February 1971Gothenburg15:03.6
Big combination171.7582 March 1969Inzell172.058

Claeson has an Adelskalender score of 168.868 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a second place.


  1. 1 2 3 Göran Claeson. sports-reference.com
  2. "Göran Claeson". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
Preceded by
Netherlands Ard Schenk
Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by
Norway Sten Stensen

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