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Eino Virtanen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
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


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.


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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