But a technical protest was about to cost him the medal - and only after deliberations of the jury could Rasmus Myrgren enjoy his victory.
Laser is the largest sailing class in the Olympics with 48 athletes from as many countries. Rasmus Myrgren was qualified to London in hard competition. The journey to the medal went through ten races.
The final battle took place in a decisive medal race between the top ten sailors.
Rasmus Myrgren is a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers. In an interview with the Swedish magazine Ny Teknik earlier this summer, he talked about the great advantage he had of his training as an elite sailor:
- It teaches you how to develop things in a structured way. Similarly, I can develop myself as a product and athlete, he says.
The bronze was Sweden's fifth medal in the London Olympics.
Last Sunday the prize list was supplemented when the national team in handball, with the former Chalmers student Johan Jakobsson among the players, took home the tournament's silver medal.
Text: Michael Nystås
Photo: OnEdition, The Swedish Sailing Federation