Torsten Ullman, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Torsten Ullman

Swedish sports shooter

Date of Birth: 27-Jul-1908

Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden

Date of Death: 11-May-1993

Profession: sport shooter

Nationality: Sweden

Zodiac Sign: Leo


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About Torsten Ullman

  • Torsten Ullman (27 July 1908 – 11 May 1993) was a Swedish pistol shooter and entrepreneur, most famous for his gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where the Germans were favourites in the free pistol competition but Ullman won by a margin of 15 points.
  • His record score of 559 would still be competitive today in this event.
  • He also won the World Championships in Free Pistol in 1933, 1935, 1937, 1947 and 1952. Ullman was not a free pistol specialist but rather an all-round shooter, achieving great successes in all three pistol events that existed at the time.
  • In the Rapid Fire competition in Berlin, he won the bronze medal after an extremely rapid shoot-off, and three years later he became World Champion in that event, being one of only four shooters to win major worldwide titles in both 50 m Pistol and 25 m Rapid Fire Pistol.
  • He entered the first World Championship in 25 m Center-Fire Pistol in 1947, surprisingly with a Smith & Wesson revolver, and won by seven points, causing a worldwide revolver hype.
  • He repeated this victory in 1954. Ullman was one of the first sport shooters to take practice and preparation to a scientific level, which he himself always claimed was a main reason for his success.
  • In 1937, he received the Svenska Dagbladet gold medal for the greatest Swedish sports achievement of the year.
  • He is the only pistol shooter to have received this prestigious award.Besides his shooting career, Ullman worked with pistol development, and co-authored a widely spread book on shooting with Lev Weinstein.
  • He also started a mechanical industry on Helgö outside Växjö, Småland.
  • It was later moved to Moheda and developed a few filials.
  • Today this industry has been purchased by Finnveden AB. Ullman was educated from 1925 to 1927 at Sherborne School in Dorset, UK.
  • On leaving Sherborne School he attended Clare College, Cambridge University and then Uppsala University in Sweden.
  • Ullman was married twice, and several of his children have been successful shooters.
  • His youngest daughter Marie-Louise Ullman won the European Junior Championships in 10 m air pistol in 1992.

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