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Pentti Hämäläinen

Full name: Pentti Olavi Hämäläinen
Nickname(s): Pena
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 51-58 kg
Born: December 19, 1929 in Kotka, Kymenlaakso, Finland
Died: December 11, 1984 in Kotka, Kymenlaakso, Finland
Affiliations: Kotkan Voimailijat, Kotka (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Together with Sten Suvio, Pentti Hämäläinen is the only Finnish Olympic champion in boxing (as of 2010). He won his title in front of a home crowd at Helsinki, defeating Ireland's John McNally in the final of the bantamweight division. Hämäläinen moved up a weight division, starting as a featherweight from 1954. In that division, he once again medalled at the 1956 Olympics, this time being eliminated in the semi-finals. Hämäläinen also won two bronze medals in European Championships, one in 1951 (flyweight) and again in 1955 (featherweight). He then turned professional for a few years (winning five of his six bouts), but retired from boxing in 1959. Hämäläinen won six Finnish titles, two in flyweight (1950-51), two in bantamweight (1952-53) and two in featherweight (1954, 1956). Four of Pentti's brothers (Toivo, Arvo, Erkki and Aarne) were also national level boxers. Hämäläinen later worked as a mechanic and a policeman.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Boxing Men's Bantamweight Finland FIN 1 Gold
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Boxing Men's Featherweight Finland FIN 3T Bronze

Men's Bantamweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR JF
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Boxing Finland FIN Final Round Match 1/2 1 1952-08-02 Hämäläinen (FIN) , McNally (IRL) decision 2
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Boxing Finland FIN Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1952-08-01 Hämäläinen (FIN) , Garbuzov (URS) decision 3
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Boxing Finland FIN Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1952-07-31 Hämäläinen (FIN) , von Graevenitz (RSA) decision 3
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Boxing Finland FIN Round Two Match #7 1 Hämäläinen (FIN) , Niedźwiedzki (POL) decision 3
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Boxing Finland FIN Round One Match #13 1 1952-07-28 Hämäläinen (FIN) , Nicholls (GBR) decision 3

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Boxing Finland FIN Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1956-11-30 Nicholls (GBR) , Hämäläinen (FIN)
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Boxing Finland FIN Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1956-11-29 Hämäläinen (FIN) , Zachara (TCH) decision
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Boxing Finland FIN Round Two Match #8 1 1956-11-27 Hämäläinen (FIN) , Schröter (GER) decision
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Boxing Finland FIN Round One Match #15 1 1956-11-23 Hämäläinen (FIN) , Smyth (IRL) referee stops contest 2
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