Rune Gustafsson (athlete)

Rune Gustafsson (* December 1, 1919; † 25 June 2011) was a Swedish middle distance runner.


At the European Championships 1946 in Oslo, he won in 1:51,0 minutes the 800 -meter run before the Dane Niels Holst -Sørensen and the Frenchman Marcel Hansenne. Eleven days later, he presented with 2:21,4 minutes set a world record in the 1000 -meter run and thereby improved the old record by Rudolf Harbig a tenth of a second. The world record two years later was hired by Hansenne and undercut in 1952 by Olle Åberg.

In September 1947 Gustafsson was involved in another world record in the 4 x 880 yards relay. A quartet in the occupation of Hans Liljekvist, Ingvar Bengtsson, Olle Gustafsson Lindén and ran in Stockholm 7:29,0 min.

1946, Gustafsson world annual Best in the 800 meters and 1000 meters. He continued his career still continued until 1951, but could not get closer to his achievements of 1946.

Rune Gustafsson was an active athlete 1.78 m tall and weighed 58 kg.


  • 800 m: 1:50,0 min, August 27, 1946 Malmö
  • 1000 m: 2:21,4 min, September 4, 1946 Borås
  • 1500 m: 3:47,4 min, July 18, 1944 Malmö