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Gösta Holmér

Gustaf Holmér
Personal information
Full name Gustaf Richard Mikael Holmér
Nickname(s) Gösse, Gösta
Born 23 September 1891
Djursdala, Sweden
Died 22 April 1983 (aged 91)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Decathlon
Club Upsala SIF
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 110 mH – 15.8 (1914)
HJ – 1.85 m (1917)
Decathlon – 5889 (1919)

Gustaf "Gösta" Richard Mikael Holmér (23 September 1891 – 22 April 1983) was a Swedish decathlete who won a bronze medal at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.[1] Later in 1930s, while coaching the downtrodden Swedish cross-country team, he developed the fartlek interval training technique.[2] His concept was faster-than-race-pace and concentrated on simultaneous speed/endurance training. The technique proved successful and has been adopted by many physiologists since.

Holmér was the father of Hans Holmér, who headed the special investigation unit after the assassination of the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986.


  1. ^ Gösta Holmér.
  2. ^ Joe Schatzle, Jr. (November 2002) "Finding Fartlek: The history and how-to of speed play". Running Times Magazine
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