Henry Eriksson (left) and Lennart Strand at the 1947 national championships
|Born||23 January 1920|
|Died||8 January 2000 (aged 79)|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
|Event(s)||1500 m, 5000 m|
|Club||Gefle IF, Gävle|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||1500 m – 3:44.4 (1947)|
5000 m – 14:40.2 (1947)
Knut Henry "Krylbo" Eriksson (23 January 1920 – 8 January 2000) was a Swedish middle-distance runner who specialized in the 1500 m event. In 1946 he finished second behind Lennart Strand, both at the national and European Championships. On 15 July 1947, at the national championships at Malmö, Eriksson and Strand had a very close 1500 m race. Strand won, equaling the world record at 3:43.0, and Eriksson finished second, setting his all-time personal best at 3:44.4. Eriksson beat Strand at the 1948 Swedish Championships and at the 1948 Summer Olympics. He retired the same year and returned to his work as a fireman.
Eriksson was one of the three Olympic Flame lighters of the 1956 Summer Olympics equestrian events at Stockholm. He held a world record in the 4 × 1500 m relay, together with three other fireman from his athletics club in Gävle.
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Categories: 1920 births | 2000 deaths | Swedish male middle-distance runners | European Athletics Championships medalists | Medalists at the 1948 Summer Olympics | Olympic gold medalists for Sweden | Olympic gold medalists in athletics (track and field) | Athletes (track and field) at the 1948 Summer Olympics