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Eino Virtanen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameEino Mauno•Virtanen
Used nameEino•Virtanen
Born19 August 1908 in Uskela, Salo (FIN)
Died3 December 1980 in Helsinki (FIN)
AffiliationsHPM, Helsinki (FIN)
NOC Finland

Biography

Eino Virtanen had a very long career, over 20 years, as a wrestler, although his best years were probably during World War II. Virtanen won Greco-Roman welterweight Olympic bronze in 1936 and captured the 1946 European middleweight title. He also won European Championships Greco-Roman welterweight bronze in 1939 and silver at the 1931 Workers’ Olympiad. Domestically, Virtanen won five Finnish titles: in 1936, 1939, 1943 and 1945 in Greco-Roman welterweight and in 1946 in freestyle middleweight. His brother Lasse was a track & field athlete, who won 5 and 10K Olympic bronze medals in 1932.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Wrestling FIN Eino Virtanen
Welterweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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