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Edvard Westerlund

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEdvard Vilhelm•Westerlund
Used nameEdvard•Westerlund
Born1 February 1901 in Helsinki (FIN)
Died7 December 1982 in Helsinki (FIN)
Measurements174 cm / 68-87 kg
AffiliationsHelsingin Atleettiklubi, Helsinki (FIN)
NOC(s) Finland


Switching back and forth from lightweight to middleweight, Edvard Westerlund was the top contender in those classes in the early 1920s and, later in his career, switched back and forth between welterweight and light-heavyweight. As a lightweight, Westerlund won the World title in 1922 and Olympic bronze in 1928, and as a middleweight, won Olympic gold in 1924 and World Championships bronze in 1921. He also won bronze in welterweight at the 1933 European Championships, winning all those medals in Greco-Roman. Domestically, Westerlund won three Finnish titles: in 1927 in Greco-Roman lightweight, in 1929 in freestyle lightweight and in 1936 in Greco-Roman light-heavyweight. His brothers Kalle and Emil were also internationally known wrestlers, with Kalle winning the Olympic Greco-Roman lightweight bronze in 1924 and Emil competing in both 1912 and 1920 Olympics.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1924 Summer Olympics Wrestling Middleweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Finland    
1928 Summer Olympics Wrestling Lightweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Finland    
1936 Summer Olympics Wrestling Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic AC Representing Finland    

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