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Ants Antson was an Estonian speed skater who competed for the Soviet Union.


Antson, Ants was born on November 11, 1938 in Tallinn.


Graduated from the Tallinn Pedagogical Institute, 1975.


Antson trained at the Kalev Voluntary Sports Society. He participated in the 1500 m at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, but despite skating a new personal record, he finished only twelfth. He retired shortly after the 1968 Games and worked as a sports official, first in the Soviet Estonian Committee for Physical Culture and Sports, and later with the Estonian Olympic Committee.

At the 1992 Winter Olympics he became the first flag bearer for Estonia after it became independent from the Soviet Union. He died one week and four days before his 77th birthday. World recordsOver the course of his career, Antson skated one world record:Source: SpeedSkatingStats.comTo put these personal records in perspective, the WR column lists the official world records on the dates that Antson skated his personal records.

Source: SpeedskatingResults.comAntson has an Adelskalender score of 176.465 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was fourth place.


  • Coached by former World, Olympic, and European Champion Boris Shilkov, Antson had his best year in 1964, when he became European Allround Champion, won the 1500 m event at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, and set a new world record in the 3000 m at the same games. For his achievements that year, he received the Oscar Mathisen Award. The two gold medals Antson won in 1964 turned out to be his only international medals, although he did win some national medals at the Soviet Allround Championships – gold in 1967, silver in 1965 and 1968, and bronze in 1966.

    An overview of medals won by Antson at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:.