Erkki Penttilä

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErkki Eino Antero•Penttilä
Used nameErkki•Penttilä
Born14 June 1932 in Nurmo, Seinäjoki (FIN)
Died19 April 2005 in Nurmo, Seinäjoki (FIN)
Measurements167 cm / 62-70 kg
AffiliationsNurmon Jymy, Nurmo, Seinäjoki (FIN)
NOC Finland


Erkki Penttilä took up wrestling in 1942 and made his international début at the 1954 World Championships, where he was eliminated after two rounds in freestyle lightweight. Switching back and forth between the freestyle featherweight and lightweight classes his entire career, Penttilä had his best results as a featherweight, winning Penttilä Olympic bronze in 1956 and coming in fourth and xith at the 1957 and 1959 World Championships respectively. As a lightweight, Penttilä competed at the 1965 World Championships and 1966 European Championships, but was eliminated from competition early. Domestically, Penttilä won 12 Finnish titles, all of them in freestyle lightweight in 1954-64 and 1966. After retiring in 1967, Penttilä worked as a farmer, raising broilers and pigs. At the end of the 1960s, he was also briefly the coach of the Finnish national freestyle team.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Wrestling FIN Erkki Penttilä
Featherweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1960 Summer Olympics Wrestling FIN Erkki Penttilä
Featherweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 15