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GUSTAFSON Tomas
GUSTAFSON Tomas

Tomas GUSTAFSON

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At the 1984 Sarajevo Games, speed skater Tomas Gustafson won a gold medal in the 5,000m and silver in the 10,000m. In the first race, he beat Igor Malkov by only one-fiftieth of a second. In the second race he lost to Malkov by one-twentieth of a second.

Physical and personal setbacks bring him to gold

Between Games, Gustafson struggled through knee surgery, meningitis and the death of his father. During 5,000m race at the Olympic Games in Calgary in 1988, Gustafson trailed Leo Visser's pace by eight hundredths of a second with only 400m to go. However he skated an exceptional final lap to win by a third of a second. In the 10,000m, Gustafson finally gained an easy victory, setting a world record and winning by almost eight seconds.

An Olympic couple

In 1998, Gustafson's wife, Elisabet, won a bronze medal in curling.

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Tomas Gustafson Sets 5000m Olympic Record Time

Tomas Gustafson powers to Olympic victory, winning the speed skating 5000m event at the 1988 Winter Games. Gustafson of Sweden sets a new Olympic record, crossing the finish line in 6 minutes 44.63 seconds. Leo Visser and Gerad Kemkers receive the silver and the bronze medal respectively. Speed Skating 5000m Men's Final - Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics - Tomas Gustafson (SWE), Leo Visser (NED), Gerard Kemkers (NED)
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GUSTAFSON SWEDEN SPEED SKATING

21 FEB 1988: TOMAS GUSTAFSON OF SWEDEN IN ACTION DURING FINAL OF THE 10 KILOMETRE SPEED SKATING RACE AT THE 1988 WINTER OLYMPICS. GUSTAFSON WON THE RACE WITH A WORLD RECORD BREAKING TIME OF 13:48.20.
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SPEED SKATING GUSTAFSON SWEDEN

21 FEB 1988: TOMAS GUSTAFSON OF SWEDEN PERFORMS A VICTORY LAP AFTER CLAIMING VICTORY IN THE MENS 10000 METRE SPEED SKATING COMPETITION AT THE 1988 WINTER OLYMPICS IN CALGARY. GUSTAFSON WON THE GOLD WITH A WORLD RECORD SETTING TIME OF 13:48.20 MINUTES.
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SPEED SKATING GUSTAFSON SWE

17 FEB 1988: TOMAS GUSTAFSON OF SWEDEN CELEBRATES AFTER RECEIVING HIS GOLD MEDAL FOR HIS VICTORY IN THE MENS 5000 METRE SPEED SKATING COMPETITION AT THE 1988 WINTER OLYMPICS HELD IN CALGARY.
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Sarajevo 1984-The medallists at a press conference. GUSTAFSON Tomas (SWE) 1st in 5000 m and 2nd in 10000 m.

Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 13:48.20
    Speed skating
    10000m men
    G 06:44.63
    Speed skating
    5000m men
  • G 07:12.28
    Speed skating
    5000m men
    S 14:39.95
    Speed skating
    10000m men

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