Arto Nilsson

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full nameArto Harald•Nilsson
Used nameArto•Nilsson
Born19 March 1948 in Helsinki, Uusimaa (FIN)
Died11 July 2019 in Helsinki, Uusimaa (FIN)
Measurements176 cm / 63-65 kg
AffiliationsTapanilan Erä, Helsinki (FIN)
NOC Finland
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Arto Nilsson’s first international tournament was the 1968 Olympics, where he surprised everyone by reaching the light-welterweight semi-final where he lost to eventual Polish gold medal winner Jerzy Kulej and won a bronze medal. In 1970, Nilsson won the Nordic Championships in welterweight and also competed at the 1971 European Championships, where he lost his first round bout. Domestically, Nilsson was the Finnish welterweight champion in 1970 and 1971 and took bronze in 1972. After finishing his boxing career in 1972, Nilsson founded the Timanttiset Group that has become the leading Finnish retailer and importer of watches, jewelry and giftware. Nilsson was selected to the Finnish Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Boxing FIN Arto Nilsson
Light-Welterweight, Men (Olympic) =3 Bronze

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1968 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony FIN Arto Nilsson