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Matti Laakso

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMatti Samuel•Laakso
Used nameMatti•Laakso
Born23 March 1939 in Ilmajoki (FIN)
Died3 November 2020
Measurements177 cm / 78-82 kg
NOC(s) Finland

Biography

Matti Laakso was a Finnish wrestler who competed at three Olympics Games, those of 1960 Roma, 1964 Tokyo, and 1972 München. He competed at the World Championships in 1969, placing sixth in 82 kg Greco-Roman. Laakso won two medals at the European Championships, with a silver in 1966 and a bronze in 1969, both in Greco-Roman.

In Finland, Laakso was dominant, winning 24 Finnish titles, and adding eight silvers and one bronze for 33 total medals at the Finnish Championships. He worked as a police officer for many years and during his career represented Koskenkorva Athletes, Vaasa Voima-Veikko, Oulu Police Athletes, and Oulu Pyrintö.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1960 Summer Olympics Wrestling Welterweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic 6 FIN Matti Laakso
1964 Summer Olympics Wrestling Welterweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic AC FIN Matti Laakso
1972 Summer Olympics Wrestling Middleweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic AC FIN Matti Laakso

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