Lenni Viitala

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameVilho Lennart "Lenni"•Viitala
Used nameLenni•Viitala
Born8 November 1921 in Nurmo, Seinäjoki (FIN)
Died24 February 1966 in Vaajakoski, Jyväskylä (FIN)
Measurements165 cm / 52-60 kg
AffiliationsVaasan Toverit, Vaasa (FIN)
NOC Finland


Lenni Viitala was the world’s best freestyle flyweight wrestler at the end of the 1940s. He won the 1946 European and 1948 Olympic titles, and Greco-Roman flyweight bronze at the 1947 European Championships. He also competed at the 1951 World Championships, placing sixth in freestyle flyweight. During his career Viitala won five Finnish freestyle flyweight titles (1946-49, 1956) and one Greco-Roman flyweight title in 1953. He also won the Finnish Workers’ Sports Federation Greco-Roman flyweight title in 1947. By profession, Viitala was a carpenter.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Wrestling FIN Lenni Viitala
Flyweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold