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Arne Andersson (left), just behind Gunder Hägg as he sets a new world record for the mile at 4:06.2 in Gothenburg on July 1, 1942.

Arne Andersson (October 27, 1917 – April 1, 2009) was a Swedish middle distance runner who became famous for his rivalry with his compatriot Gunder Hägg in the 1940s. Andersson set a 1500 metres world record in Gothenburg in August 1943 with a time of 3:45.0 min. He was born in Trollhättan, Sweden.

Andersson set three world records for the Mile: the first in Stockholm in July 1942 in (4:06.2); this record was broken in the same year by Hägg (4:04.6). Andersson recaptured the world record in Gothenburg in July 1943 (4:02.6), and improved it further in Malmö in July 1944 (4:01.6). However, Hägg had the last word when he ran (4:01.4) in Malmö in 1945 (Hägg's record was not broken until Roger Bannister ran the first sub-4 Mile in Oxford in 1954). Andersson won the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1943.[1]

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Records
Preceded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
Men's 1500 m World Record Holder
August 17, 1943 – July 7, 1944
Succeeded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
Preceded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
Men's Mile World Record Holder
July 10, 1942 – September 4, 1942
Succeeded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
Preceded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
Men's Mile World Record Holder
July 1, 1943 – July 17, 1945
Succeeded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
Preceded by
Gunder Hägg
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1943
Succeeded by
Nils Karlsson
Preceded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
European Record Holder Men's 1500 m
August 17, 1943 – July 16, 1944
Succeeded by
Sweden Gunder Hägg
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