Egil Danielsen, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Egil Danielsen

athletics competitor

Date of Birth: 09-Nov-1933

Place of Birth: Hamar Municipality, Hedmark, Norway

Date of Death: 29-Jul-2019

Profession: politician, athletics competitor, javelin thrower

Nationality: Norway

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Egil Danielsen

  • Egil Danielsen (9 November 1933 – 29 July 2019) was a Norwegian javelin thrower.
  • He competed at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics and won the gold medal in 1956.
  • Danielsen, who used an old-type wooden javelin, did poorly in the 1956 final, which was led by his Polish friend Janusz Sidlo.
  • Trying to help Danielsen, Sidlo lent him his modern steel javelin, and Michel Macquet gave him a cup of strong coffee.
  • Danielsen set a new world record at 85.71 m and won the gold medal.
  • He could never reproduce that throw.
  • For his Olympic victory and world record Danielsen was selected Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year in 1956. Danielsen finished tenth at the 1954 European Championships and won a silver medal in 1958, behind Sidlo.
  • He became Norwegian champion in 1953–1957.Danielsen was an avid cross-country skier before changing to javelin throw.
  • He took fencing lessons from a top Norwegian fencer to improve his flexibility, reflexes and the use of right arm.
  • He retired after the 1960 Olympics and focused on his family and work at the Hamar Fire Brigade.
  • In the 2000s he was a minor political candidate for the Norwegian Pensioner Party.

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