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Arvo Haavisto

Full name: Arvo Jaakko Haavisto
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 66-74 kg
Born: March 7, 1900 in Ilmajoki, Etelä-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Died: April 22, 1977 in Ilmajoki, Etelä-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Ilmajoen Kisailijat, Ilmajoki (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Arvo Haavisto took up wrestling in 1918 and rose to be one of the best Finnish freestyle welterweight wrestlers in the mid-1920s. During his career, Haavisto competed at two major international tournaments and medaled in both. He won bronze in freestyle lightweight at the 1924 Olympics and gold in freestyle welterweight at the 1928 Olympics. He also captured four Finnish titles: in 1925 and 1927 in freestyle welterweight, in 1925 in Greco-Roman lightweight and in 1926 in freestyle middleweight. After finishing his sporting career, Haavisto worked as a wrestling coach and referee, serving as a wrestling referee at the 1936 Olympics. Since 1992 an annual memorial Greco-Roman wrestling tournament in his name has been held in Ilmajoki.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Welterweight, Freestyle Finland FIN 1 Gold

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling Finland FIN Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1924-07-13 Vis (USA) decision, Haavisto (FIN)
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling Finland FIN Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1924-07-12 Haavisto (FIN) decision, Praks (EST)
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #3 1 1924-07-11 Haavisto (FIN) fall, Corti (SUI)
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling Finland FIN 3rd-Place Final Round Match #1 1 1924-07-13 Haavisto (FIN) decision, Gardiner (GBR)
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling Finland FIN 3rd-Place Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-13 Haavisto (FIN) fall, Eriksen (DEN)
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling Finland FIN 2nd-Place Final Round Match #1 2 1924-07-14 Wikström (FIN) decision, Haavisto (FIN)
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling Finland FIN 2nd-Place Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-14 Haavisto (FIN) decision, Pouvroux (FRA)

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match #1 1 1928-08-01 Haavisto (FIN) , Appleton (USA)
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1928-07-31 Haavisto (FIN) , Jourlin (FRA)
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1928-07-30 Haavisto (FIN) , Morris (AUS)
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #8 AC 1928-07-30 Haavisto (FIN)
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