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Rudolf Svensson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJohan Rudolf•Svensson
Used nameRudolf•Svensson
Nick/petnamesStarke Rudolf
Born27 March 1899 in Gudhem, Falköping (SWE)
Died4 December 1978 in Bromma, Stockholm (SWE)
AffiliationsBrandkårens IK, Stockholm (SWE)
NOC Sweden

Biography

Rudolf Svensson won two silver medals in 1924 as a light-heavyweight in both styles. In 1928 he competed as a heavyweight in Greco-Roman, winning gold. He returned to light-heavyweight in 1932, again winning gold. The Stockholm firefighter thus became one of the most successful wrestlers in Olympic history. Svensson was also European Champion in 1925 and in 1933 as a light-heavyweight Greco-Roman. He won two silver medals at the World Championships, and three at the European Championships, all in Greco-Roman. In Sweden he won seven championships between 1926-36. Svensson later played small roles in a number of movies. He was inducted into the International Wrestling Fall of Fame in 2005.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Wrestling SWE Rudolf Svensson
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1928 Summer Olympics Wrestling SWE Rudolf Svensson
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1932 Summer Olympics Wrestling SWE Rudolf Svensson
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

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