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WIT Wall of Fame

Three legendary throwers from Sweden were honored this weekend into what we call here ”WIT Wall of Fame” These three men have that in common to have had a big impact on Swedish throwing both as athletes and leaders.

Anders Arrhenius - 47, shot putter:

 - IF Linnea & Spårvägen, best result 19.92m, 1978. 
 - EC-participation 1971, 1978 , 
 - Swedish Champion 1971, 1977, 1978, 1979 . 
 - Member of the National Team 1968-1982.
 - Athlete, coach, leader and a father at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for his two successful sons Niklas and Leif that are right now the best discus and shot putters in Sweden.

 

Hans "Plutten" Almström - 50, shot putter:  

 - Nyköpings BIS & Tureberg, best result 20.36m, 1976.
 - OG-participation 1976, 
 - Swedish Champion 1973 and 1980, 
 - ranked as no.9 in the world by TFN 1973.
 - Member of the National Team 1971-1980.
 - Currently Hans is a successful throwing coach in the Stockholm area.

 

Kenth Gardenkrans - 55, discus thrower:  

 - Mölndals AIK and Malmö AI, best result 65.40m, 1980
 - Junior World Record 1974 (62.04m), 
 - OG-finalist (12th place) 1980, 
 - EC-participation 1982, 
 - Swedish Champion 1980 and 1981, 
 - EJC-silver 1973. 
 - Member of the National Team 1974-1983.
 - Currently a succeful coach/father of the super talented sons Viktor and Jacob.

 


During 2012 Swedish throwing was hit by two tragedies when both Hans "Honta" Höglund and the legendary Ricky Bruch died. These gentlemen hold the shot put and discus records in Sweden.

Hans "Honta" Höglund - 52, shot putter:

 - Personal best 21.33m, 1975 that is the oldest standing Swedish record. 
 - Ranked no. 1 in the world in 1975.  
 - "Honta” ended up in 8th place at the OG in Montreal 1976 with the result of 20.18m. 
 - Swedish Champion 1974, 1975 and 1976.  
 - After the carrier was over as a shot putter he was a farmer in Sätila.

 

Björn Richard Bruch - 46, discus thrower:

 - Personal best 71.26m, 1984. 
 - Ricky is without a doubt one of the biggest personalities within Swedish sports under the whole century. Nobody has competed more often in so many places in Sweden as Ricky did. When Ricky came to town thousands of people gathered together to see him compete at places  that had no tradition of track & field meetings.
 - Ricky won an OG-bronze1972 in Munchen,
 - EC-silver 1969 and
 - EC-bronze 1974.
 - He broke (equaled) the World Record in discus 68.40m in 1972 at Stockholm Stadium. 
 - His personal best of 71.26m done in Malmö is a Nordic Record in the discus throw. 
 - Ricky represented the Swedish National Team from 1966-1984 and 
 - won the Swedish Championships 11 times in discus and 2 times in shot put.
 - In shot put Ricky even won a EIC-bronze in 1971 and had a PR of 20.28m. 

ONLINE VIDEO COURSE

"How to Become an Olympic Champion" is a video series by coach Vésteinn Hafsteinsson on example of Discus Throw legend Gerd Kanter. The first video series puts focus on Olympic Lifting for Throwers. Click here for more info.

 

Our athletes in 2018

SHOT PUT
1 Mesud Pezer 21.15m
2 Marcus Thomsen 19.82m
3 Leif Arrhenius 19.25m
4 Daniel Stahl 18.78m
5 Niklas Arrhenius 18.37m
6 Simon Pettersson 17.50m
7 J. Gardenkrans 16.06m
     
1 Fanny Roos 18.68m
     
DISCUS THROW
1 Daniel Stahl 69.72m
2 Simon Pettersson 65.84m
3 J. Gardenkrans 63.63m
4 Nick Percy 63.17m
5 Niklas Arrhenius 61.72m
6 Mesud Pezer 59.42m
     
1 Fanny Roos 55.79m