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Kaarlo Mäkinen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKaarlo Edvin•Mäkinen
Used nameKaarlo•Mäkinen
Nick/petnamesKalle, Mäkis-Kalle
Born14 May 1892 in Mariehamn (FIN)
Died11 May 1980 in Turku (FIN)
Measurements170 cm / 56-65 kg
AffiliationsTurun Riento, Turku (FIN) / Turun Voimamiehet, Turku (FIN)
NOC(s) Finland


Kaarlo Mäkinen was one of the world’s top bantamweight wrestlers during the 1920s. Being equally strong in both styles of wrestling, he won most of his international awards in freestyle. In Greco-Roman, Mäkinen won silver and bronze at the 1921 and 1922 World Championships respectively, while in freestyle he captured Olympic gold in 1928 and silver in 1924. At the Finnish Championships Mäkinen won four titles: in 1921 and 1923 in Greco-Roman bantamweight, in 1923 in freestyle featherweight and in 1928 in freestyle bantamweight.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1920 Summer Olympics Wrestling Featherweight, Freestyle, Men Olympic =9 Representing Finland    
1924 Summer Olympics Wrestling Bantamweight, Freestyle, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Finland    
1928 Summer Olympics Wrestling Bantamweight, Freestyle, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Finland