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August Englas

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAugust•Englas
Used nameAugust•Englas
Other namesAugust Petrovich Englas, Аугуст Петрович Энглас
Born15 January 1925 in Otepää (EST)
Died21 March 2017 in Tallinn (EST)
Measurements182 cm / 90 kg
AffiliationsKalev Tallinn, Tallinn (EST)
NOC(s) Soviet Union
Ethnic nationEST


August Englas was the last great Estonian wrestler before the emergence of 2006 and 2013 World champion Heiki Nabi. A veteran of World War II, Englas took up wrestling only in 1947, when he was nearly 22-years-old. Englas competed as a freestyle light-heavyweight at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, finishing fourth. At the 1953 World Championships, Englas won gold in Greco-Roman light-heavyweight and the next year won gold in freestyle light-heavyweight. Englas is the last wrestler to win the World title at both styles of wrestling (as of 2016). Englas’ international career ended after a serious shoulder injury in 1955, but he continued to compete domestically for five more years.

Englas was the Soviet light-heavyweight freestyle champion in 1949-52 and 1954 and light-heavyweight Greco-Roman champion in 1951 and 1953. At the Estonian SSR championships, Englas won golds in freestyle light-heavyweight in 1948, 1952, 1957 and 1959 and in Greco-Roman light-heavyweight in 1948, 1952 and 1955. After finishing his sporting career in 1960, Englas worked as a wrestling coach and wrestling referee in Estonia.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1952 Summer Olympics Wrestling Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Olympic 4 Representing Soviet Union    

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Created: Paul Tchir at December 31, 2014 11:22, Last edited: Paul Tchir at December 31, 2014 11:22