- Norway at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Norway at the Olympic Games
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IOC code NOR NOC Norwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sports Website www.nif.idrett.no (Norwegian) At the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm Competitors 191 Medals
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- Ferdinand Bie — Athletics, Men's Pentathlon
- Men's Team (free system) — Gymnastics
- Alfred Larsen, Johan Anker, Nils Bertelsen, Halfdan Hansen, Magnus Konow, Petter Larsen, Eilert Falch-Lund, Christian Staib, Arnfinn Heje and Carl Thaulow — Sailing, Men's 12m class
- Thoralf Glad, Thomas Aas, Andreas Brecke, Torleiv Corneliussen and Christian Jebe — Sailing, Men's 8m class
- Gudbrand Skatteboe, Ole Sæther, Østen Østensen, Albert Helgerud, Olaf Sæther and Einar Liberg — Shooting, Men's Team free rifle
- Men's Team (Swedish system) — Gymnastics
- Claus Høyer, Reidar Holter, Magnus Herseth, Frithjof Olstad and Olaf Bjørnstad — Rowing, Men's coxed fours, inriggers
- Engebret Skogen — Shooting, Men's 300m military rifle, three positions
- Molla Bjurstedt — Tennis, Women's singles outdoor
Three divers, all men, represented Norway. It was Norway's debut in diving. None of the three divers reached the final in any of their events.
Rankings given are within the diver's heat.
Diver Events Heats Final Result Rank Result Rank Sigvard Andersen 10 m platform 56.4 5 Did not advance Plain high dive 28.6 7 Did not advance Alfred Engelsen Plain high dive 28.3 7 Did not advance Nils Tvedt Plain high dive 31.7 5 Did not advance
Five swimmers, including one woman, competed for Norway at the 1912 Games. It was the nation's debut in swimming. None of the Norwegian swimmers advanced to the finals, with Johnsen's sixth place finish in his 400 metre freestyle semifinal the best result of the Games.
Ranks given for each swimmer are within the heat.
Swimmer Events Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank John Johnsen 100 m freestyle 1:19.2 4 Did not advance 400 m freestyle N/A 1:19.2 2 Q Unknown 6 Did not advance 1500 m freestyle N/A 25:45.6 3 Did not advance 100 m backstroke N/A 1:34.2 4 Did not advance Audun Rusten 200 m breaststroke N/A Disqualified Did not advance Harry Svendsen 100 m backstroke N/A 1:47.2 3 Did not advance Herbert Wetter 1500 m freestyle N/A Did not finish Did not advance
Swimmer Events Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Aagot Norman 100 m freestyle N/A Did not finish Did not advance
23 athletes represented Norway. It was the nation's third appearance in the sport as well as the Olympics.
Ferdinand Bie, who had originally won the silver medal in the pentathlon, was awarded gold after Jim Thorpe was disqualified. When Thorpe was reinstated in 1982, Bie retained his gold medal in the event and became co-champions with Thorpe. Bie's medal was the only one won by Norway in 1912 and was the nation's first athletics gold medal. Arne Halse, who had previously held Norway's best athletics result with a silver medal in the 1908 javelin throw, placed 7th in the javelin and 5th in the two-handed version of the event. Norway also had two fourth-place finishes, in the triple jump and team cross country.
Ranks given are within that athlete's heat for running events.
Athlete Events Heat Semifinal Final Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Ole Aarnæs High jump N/A 1.75 13 Did not advance Johannes Andersen Ind. cross country N/A 51:47.4 22 Ferdinand Bie 110 m hurdles 16.2 1 Q 15.8 3 Did not advance Long jump N/A 6.75 11 Did not advance Pentathlon N/A 21 Decathlon N/A 6485.065 14 Birger Brodtkorb Standing long jump N/A 3.05 12 Did not advance Standing high jump N/A 1.40 13 Did not advance Nils Dahl Ind. cross country N/A Did not finish Parelius Finnerud Ind. cross country N/A 51:16.2 20 Nils Fixdal Long jump N/A 6.71 13 Did not advance Triple jump N/A 13.96 8 Did not advance Oscar Fonbæk Marathon N/A Did not finish Arne Halse Javelin throw N/A 51.98 7 Did not advance 2 hand javelin N/A 96.92 5 Did not advance Olaf Hovdenak Ind. cross country N/A 50:40.8 19 Daniel Johansen Javelin throw N/A 47.61 12 Did not advance 2 hand javelin N/A 92.82 7 Did not advance Edvard Larsen Triple jump N/A 14.06 6 Did not advance Oscar Larsen 800 m ? 3 Did not advance 1500 m N/A ? 5 Did not advance Gerhard Meling High jump N/A 1.75 13 Did not advance Otto Monsen High jump N/A 1.75 13 Did not advance Alfred Nilsen Marathon N/A Did not start Ole Olsen Marathon N/A Did not start Otto Osen Marathon N/A 3:36:35.2 34 Alexander Pedersen 100 m ? 4 Did not advance 400 m Disqualified Did not advance Jacob Pedersen 400 m 51.6 2 Q ? 5 Did not advance 800 m ? 3 Did not advance 1500 m N/A ? 6-7 Did not advance Marathon N/A Did not start Axel Simonsen Marathon N/A 3:04:59.4 23 Herman Sotaaen 100 m ? 4 Did not advance 200 m ? 3 Did not advance Erling Vinne Triple jump N/A 14.14 4 Did not advance Johannes Andersen
Team cross country N/A 61 4
Six cyclists represented Norway. It was the first appearance of the nation in cycling. Birgir Andreasen had the best time in the time trial, the only race held, finishing 14th. Because only three Norwegian cyclists finished the time trial, the team received no ranking in the four-man team competition.
Cyclist Events Final Result Rank Birgir Andreasen Ind. time trial 11:20:14.6 14 Carl Gulbrandsen Ind. time trial Did not finish Anton Hansen Ind. time trial 12:21:23.7 65 Paul Henrichsen Ind. time trial 11:55:23.2 47 Carl Olsen Ind. time trial Did not finish Martin Saeterhaug Ind. time trial Did not finish Birgir Andreasen
Team time trial Did not finish
Rider Horse Event Final Penalties Rank Jens Falkenberg King Individual 103 15
Rider Horse Event Final Penalties Rank Jørgen Jensen Joss Individual 25 26 Karl Kildal Garcia Individual 22 24 Jens Falkenberg Florida Individual 29 28
Seven fencers represented Norway, including the only Norwegian fencer who had competed in 1908. It was the second appearance of the nation in fencing. None of the Norwegian fencers were able to advance past the quarterfinal round; however, advancement to quarterfinals was itself an improvement over the results of the previous Games.
Fencer Event Round 1 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final Record Rank Record Rank Record Rank Record Rank Lars Aas Foil 4 losses 4 Did not advance Épée 2 losses 1 Q 4 losses 6 Did not advance Hans Bergsland Épée 4 losses 4 Did not advance Bjarne Eriksen Foil 1 loss 1 Q 3 losses 4 Did not advance Épée 3 losses 4 Did not advance Severin Finne Épée 2 losses 3 Q 3 losses 6 Did not advance Sigurd Mathiesen Épée 2 losses 3 Q 3 losses 4 Did not advance Harald Platou Épée 3 losses 4 Did not advance Christopher von Tangen Foil 5 losses 6 Did not advance Épée 3 losses 4 Did not advance Lars Aas
Georges von Tangen
Team épée N/A 0–2 3 Did not advance Squad list 1R QF Consolation tournament Overall Rank Opposition
From: Bye Denmark
30 June 1912 Denmark 7 – 0 Norway Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm
Olsen 4' 70' 88'
S. Nielsen 60' 85'
1 July 1912 Austria 1 – 0 Norway Traneberg Stadium, Stockholm
Forty-six gymnasts represented Norway. It was the second appearance of the nation in gymnastics. Norway had no gymnasts in the individual competition, but had teams in two of the three team events. In the free system even, the Norwegian team took first place to earn the country's first gymnastics gold medal. The team finished third and last in the Swedish system, taking the bronze medal.
Gymnast Events Final Result Rank Norway Team, free system 22.85 Team, Swedish system 857.21
Norway had two competitors in the first Olympic pentathlon competition. Paaske finished 13th among the 22 finishers, while Norby was among the ten pentathletes who did not finish.
(The scoring system was point-for-place in each of the five events, with the smallest point total winning.)
Athlete Shooting Swimming Fencing Riding Running Total points Rank Score Points Time Points Wins Touches Points Penalties Time Points Time Points Henrik Norby 110 27 7:48.6 21 14 17 12 Disqualified Retired Did not finish Carl Paaske 147 23 6:49.2 17 13 15 14 0 12:33.0 14 21:19.8 8 71 13
Twenty four rowers represented Norway. It was the nation's second appearance in rowing. The Norwegians took the bronze medal in the inriggers coxed fours competition; it was Norway's first Olympic medal in rowing.
(Ranks given are within each crew's heat.)
Rower Event Heats Quarterfinals Semifinals Final Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank John Bjørnstad (cox)
Coxed fours, inriggers N/A Unknown 2 Did not advance Olav Bjørnstad (cox)
Coxed fours, inriggers N/A 8:03.0 1 Q Unknown 2 Did not advance ( ) Olaf Dahll
Einar Eriksen (cox)
Coxed fours 7:27.4 1 Q Unknown 2 Did not advance Theodor Klem
Ejnar Tønsager (cox)
Coxed fours 7:15.0 1 Q 7:05.5 1 Q 7:05.0 2 Did not advance John Bjørnstad (cox)
Coxed fours Unknown 2 Did not advance
Eighteen sailors represented Norway. It was the nation's second appearance in sailing. Each of the Norwegian boats found either great success or an utter lack thereof. Two of the three boats won each race in their respective classes to take gold medals without any need for race-offs; these two gold medals were the first medals of any sort Norwegian sailors had won. The third boat, on the other hand, placed fifth (of six) in both of its two races and did not score a single point.
(7 points for 1st in each race, 3 points for 2nd, 1 point for 3rd. Race-off to break ties in total points if necessary for medal standings.)
Sailors Event Race 1 Race 2 Total Time Points Rank Time Points Rank Points Race-off Rank Edvard Christensen
6 metre class 2:39:48 0 5 2:30:39 0 5 0 N/A 5 Thomas Aas
8 metre class 2:15:59 7 1 2:12:59 7 1 14 N/A Johan Anker
12 metre class 3:17:17 7 1 3:32:00 7 1 14 N/A
Twenty eight shooters competed for Norway. It was the third appearance of the nation in shooting, which Norway had contested each time the nation appeared at the Olympics. The Norwegian shooters won a pair of medals—a silver in the team free rifle and Skogen's bronze in the three positions military rifle. This was a comparatively disappointing result, as the Norwegians had taken a pair of gold medals and a bronze in 1908 and four total medals (though no golds) in 1900.
Seven tennis players, including one woman, represented Norway at the 1912 Games. It was the nation's debut in tennis. Despite a combined record of 1-10 by the Norwegian tennis players, Bjurstedt took a bronze medal after receiving byes through to the semifinals in the women's outdoor singles. Her win in the bronze medal match after being defeated in the semi gave Norway its first tennis medal.
Athlete Event Round of 128 Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final Opposition
Rank Herman Björklund Outdoor singles Bye Kreuzer (GER)
L 6-0, 6-0, 6-1
Did not advance 31 Conrad Langaard Outdoor singles Bye Canet (FRA)
L 6-3, 6-0, 6-1
Did not advance 31 Richard Petersen Outdoor singles Bye von Salm (AUT)
L 6-1, 7-5, 6-3
Did not advance 31 Trygve Smith Outdoor singles Bye Boström (SWE)
L 6-2, 6-4, 6-1
Did not advance 31 Willem Stibolt Outdoor singles Bye Bye Šebek (BOH)
L 6-1, 6-3, 6-0
Did not advance 17 Bjarne Angell
Outdoor doubles N/A Just & Žemla (BOH)
L 6-1, 6-2, 6-0
Did not advance 15 Herman Björklund
Outdoor doubles N/A Pipes & Zborzil (AUT)
L 6-0, 6-2, 6-0
Did not advance 15 Conrad Langaard
Outdoor doubles N/A Bye Just & Žemla (BOH)
L 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
Did not advance 9
Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final Opposition
Rank Molla Bjurstedt Outdoor singles Bye Bye Broquedis (FRA)
W 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
L 6-2, 6-2
Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final Opposition
Rank Molla Bjurstedt
Outdoor doubles Grönfors & Holmström (SWE)
L 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Did not advance 5
Norway was represented by nine wrestlers in its second Olympic wrestling appearance. Lofthus's 11th place finish was the best. The team went a combined 8-18.
Wrestler Class First round Second round Third round Fourth round Fifth round Sixth round Seventh round Final Opposition
Rank Kristian Arneson Featherweight Beránek (BOH)
Did not advance 19 Richard Frydenlund Lightweight Lupton (GBR)
Did not advance 17 Thorbjørn Frydenlund Lightweight Fischer (AUT)
Did not advance 31 Ragnvald Gullaksen Featherweight Persson (SWE)
Did not advance 19 Alfred Gundersen Middleweight Jokinen (FIN)
Did not start Did not advance 37 Mikael Hestdahl Featherweight Åkesson (SWE)
Did not advance 19 Herbrand Lofthus Lightweight Cabal (FRA)
Did not advance 11 Ansgar Løvold Light heavyweight Lind (FIN)
Did not advance N/A Did not advance 20 Thorvald Olsen Lightweight Kolehmainen (FIN)
Did not advance 31
- Bergvall, Erik, ed. "The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912". Wahlström & Widstrand. http://www.aafla.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1912/1912.pdf. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
- International Olympic Committee results database
Nations at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden
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