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Risto Björlin

Full name: Risto Uolevi Björlin
Nickname(s): Riku
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 55-62 kg
Born: December 9, 1944 in Vaasa, Pohjanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Kuortaneen Kunto
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Wrestling in Greco-Roman, Risto Björlin made his international début as a flyweight at the 1963 World Championships. After competing at the 1964 Olympics, Björlin switched to bantamweight in 1965 and wrestled in that class until the end of his career in 1976. As a bantamweight, Björlin competed at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, the 1966-67, 1969-70 and 1973 World Championships and the 1966-70, 1972 and 1974-76 European Championships. At those championships, Björlin won Olympic bronze in 1972, a European title in 1969, European silver in 1974, and European bronze in 1968. Björlin also earned Nordic bantamweight titles in 1966-70, a Finnish flyweight title in 1963, and Finnish bantamweight titles in 1970 and 1976. During his sporting career, Björlin worked as a fitter with Oy Strömberg Ab, which was the leading Finnish manufacturer of generators, electric motors and small power plants, and which later became a part of ABB corporation. Later Björlin worked as a sports secretary of Kuortane municipality and, from 1978-80, was head coach of the Finnish national wrestling team.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Wrestling Men's Flyweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN AC
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN AC
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 3 Bronze

Men's Flyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings AC 1964-10-16 Eliminated r2/5 6
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 12T 1964-10-17 6
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #5 2 1964-10-17 Lacour (GER) decision, Björlin (FIN) 3
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 12T 1964-10-16 3
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #5 2 1964-10-16 Fabra (ITA) decision, Björlin (FIN) 3

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings AC 1968-10-23 Eliminated r4/8 6,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four 8T 1968-10-26 6,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #4 2 1968-10-26 Varga (HUN) decision, Björlin (FIN) 3,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 3T 1968-10-25 3,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #7 1 1968-10-25 Björlin (FIN) fall (9:00), Lipień (POL) 0,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 7T 1968-10-24 3,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #9 2 1968-10-24 Čović (YUG) decision, Björlin (FIN) 3,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 1T 1968-10-23 0,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #10 1 1968-10-23 Björlin (FIN) fall (4:38), Raxón (GUA) 0,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 3 1972-09-05
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round Seven 3 1972-09-10 8,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round Seven Match #2 2 1972-09-10 Veil (FRG) decision, Björlin (FIN) 3,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round Six 3 1972-09-10 5,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round Six Match #1 2 1972-09-10 Varga (HUN) decision, Björlin (FIN) 3,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five 2 1972-09-09 2,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five Match #4 AC 1972-09-09 Björlin (FIN) 0,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four 3 1972-09-09 2,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #6 1 1972-09-09 Björlin (FIN) fall (1:21), Neckář (TCH) 0,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 3T 1972-09-08 2,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #8 1 1972-09-08 Björlin (FIN) decision, An (KOR) 1,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 4T 1972-09-07 1,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #11 1 1972-09-07 Björlin (FIN) decision, Hazewinkel (USA) 1,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 1T 1972-09-05 0,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #13 1 1972-09-05 Björlin (FIN) fall (2:48), Krogsgaard (DEN) 0,0
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