|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Other names||August Petrovich Englas, Аугуст Петрович Энглас|
|Born||15 January 1925 in Otepää (EST)|
|Died||21 March 2017 in Tallinn (EST)|
|Measurements||182 cm / 90 kg|
|Affiliations||Kalev Tallinn, Tallinn (EST)|
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.
|1952 Summer Olympics||Wrestling||Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men||Olympic||4||Representing Soviet Union|
Still alive in 2014: http://tartu.postimees.ee/2685516/august-englas-kais-noori-maadlejaid-innustamas
Created: Paul Tchir at December 31, 2014 11:22, Last edited: Paul Tchir at December 31, 2014 11:22