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Leo Honkala

Full name: Leo Ilmo Honkala
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 57-62 kg
Born: January 8, 1933 in Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Oulun Pyrintö, Oulu (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

As a 19-year-old, Leo Honkala surprised everyone by winning a bronze medal in Greco-Roman flyweight wrestling at the 1952 Olympics. Those Olympics were also his only major international tournament appearance, as the rest of his career was hampered by injuries. In 1953 Honkala injured his shoulder for the first time and, after injuring it twice more, was forced to retire from wrestling in 1956, after winning his only Finnish title in Greco-Roman flyweight that year. Following his retirement, Honkala worked as a policeman but, at the end of the 1960s, moved to Sweden. In 1974 he started work as a coach with the Swedish national wrestling team and, from 1980-85, was head coach of the Swedish national team. In Sweden Honkala also took up powerlifting and competed successfully in various master tournaments in that event but, at the 2006 European Masters Championships, while competing in M73 class, Honkala failed a drug test, which caught him using EPO, and was banned from that sport.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Men's Flyweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 3 Bronze

Men's Flyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MMR/RE BP MR
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 3 1952-07-24 0-2
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match #2 AC 1952-07-27 Honkala (FIN)
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Six 3 1952-07-27 8
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Six Match #1 2 1952-07-27 Fabra (ITA) decision (3-0), Honkala (FIN) 3
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five 3 1952-07-27 5
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five Match #1 2 1952-07-27 Gurevich (URS) decision (3-0), Honkala (FIN) 3
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four 1 1952-07-26 2
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #1 1 1952-07-26 Honkala (FIN) decision (3-0), Fawzy (EGY) 1
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 1 1952-07-26 1
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #1 1 1952-07-26 Honkala (FIN) decision (2-1), Weber (GER) 1
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 1 1952-07-25 0
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #1 1 1952-07-25 Honkala (FIN) fall (6:41), Zimmer (SAA) 0
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 1T 1952-07-24 0
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #9 AC 1952-07-24 Honkala (FIN) 0
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