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Alppo Asikainen

Full name: Alfred Johan "Alppo" Asikainen
Gender: Male
Born: November 2, 1888 in Vyborg, Leningrad, Russia
Died: January 7, 1942 in Mäntsälä, Uusimaa, Finland
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

One of the world’s best middleweight Greco-Roman wrestlers at the start of the 1910s, Alppo Asikainen has gone down in sporting history as the loser of the marathon match he had with Estonian Martin Klein in the Greco-Roman middleweight semi-final round at the 1912 Olympics. The match lasted 11 hours and 40 minutes on a blisteringly sunny day outdoors in the Stockholm Olympic Stadium and Klein won by pin. After winning the middleweight gold at the 1911 World Championships, Asikainen went to the 1912 Olympics as a favorite for the middleweight gold medal. At the Olympics, Asikainen had won his first three matches by fall and defeated the eventual winner Claes Johanson by decision, but the loss to Klein left him with only a bronze medal. Asikainen won his sole Finnish title in 1910.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Wrestling Men's Middleweight A, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 3 Bronze

Men's Middleweight A, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round One Match #1 2 1912-07-15 Klein (RUS) decision (11-40), Asikainen (FIN)
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round Seven Match #3 AC Asikainen (FIN)
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round Six Match #2 1 1912-07-13 Asikainen (FIN) fall (4:30), Sint (NED)
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five Match #2 AC 1912-07-11 Johanson (SWE) , Asikainen (FIN) DQ (both passivity) (1-00)
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #3 AC 1912-07-11 Asikainen (FIN)
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #5 1 1912-07-10 Asikainen (FIN) fall (3:00), Vital (POR)
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #4 AC 1912-07-10 Asikainen (FIN)
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #5 1 1912-07-08 Asikainen (FIN) fall (23:42), Bacon (GBR)
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