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Taisto Kangasniemi

Full name: Taisto Ilmari Kangasniemi
Nickname(s): Tatu
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 100-110 kg
Born: April 2, 1924 in Kankaanpää, Satakunta, Finland
Died: October 31, 1997 in Kangasala, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Kankaanpään Meno, Kankaanpää (FIN) / Tampereen Painiseura, Tampere (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

After World War II, Taisto Kangasniemi was considered the best Finnish heavyweight wrestler for nearly two decades. Thought of as more a Greco-Roman wrestler, he represented his country internationally at both styles, although his only major international tournament medal, bronze at the 1956 Olympics, came in freestyle. In Greco-Roman, he competed at the 1948, 1956 and 1964 Olympics and 1953 World championships, his best finishes being fourth in 1948 and 1953. In freestyle, he competed at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics and 1954 World Championships and, in addition to his 1956 bronze, was sixth in 1952 and 1954. Domestically, Kangasniemi captured eight Finnish titles: in 1950-51, 1953, 1955, and 1962-63 in Greco-Roman and in 1953-54 in freestyle. He also earned 11 Finnish Workers' Sports Federation championships titles: in 1952-54, 1956, 1959-60 and 1962-64 in Greco-Roman and in 1955 and 1959 in freestyle. Later, Kangasniemi was the president and honorary president of Tampereen Painiseura, a wrestling club he helped found.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 4
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Finland FIN 6
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 6
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 40 Tokyo Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN AC

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR RE
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 4 1948-08-03
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 4 1948-08-05 5
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #2 2 1948-08-05 Kireççi (TUR) decision (3-0), Kangasniemi (FIN) 3
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 3 1948-08-04 2
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #1 2 1948-08-04 Fantoni (ITA) decision (2-1), Kangasniemi (FIN) 2
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 1T 1948-08-03 0
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #2 1 1948-08-03 Kangasniemi (FIN) fall (4:59), Noya (ARG) 0
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 6 1956-12-03
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 6 1956-12-05 5
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #2 2 1956-12-05 Kaplan (TUR) decision (2-1), Kangasniemi (FIN) 2
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 4T 1956-12-04 3
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #3 1 1956-12-04 Kangasniemi (FIN) fall (14:52), Lewis (USA) 0
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 7T 1956-12-03 3
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #3 2 1956-12-03 Mekhmedov (BUL) decision (3-0), Kangasniemi (FIN) 3
1964 Summer 40 Tokyo Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings AC 1964-10-16 8 Eliminated r2/5
1964 Summer 40 Tokyo Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 11 1964-10-17 8
1964 Summer 40 Tokyo Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #2 2 1964-10-17 Pickens (USA) fall (2:57), Kangasniemi (FIN) 4
1964 Summer 40 Tokyo Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 10T 1964-10-16 4
1964 Summer 40 Tokyo Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #3 2 1964-10-16 Roshchin (URS) fall (4:04), Kangasniemi (FIN) 4

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 6 1952-07-20
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four 6 1952-07-23 6
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #4 2 1952-07-23 Atan (TUR) decision (3-0), Kangasniemi (FIN) 3
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 3T 1952-07-22 3
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #4 2 1952-07-22 Kerslake (USA) fall (2:38), Kangasniemi (FIN) 3
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 1T 1952-07-21 0
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #4 1 1952-07-21 Kangasniemi (FIN) fall (2:20), Růžička (TCH) 0
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 1T 1952-07-20 0
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #4 1 1952-07-20 Kangasniemi (FIN) fall (11:16), Vafadar (IRI) 0
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 3 1956-11-28
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five 3 1956-12-01 6
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five Match #1 2 1956-12-01 Kaplan (TUR) decision (3-0), Kangasniemi (FIN) 3
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four 2T 1956-12-01 3
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #1 1 1956-12-01 Kangasniemi (FIN) fall (6:40), Mitchell (AUS) 0
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 3 1956-11-30 3
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #1 1 1956-11-30 Kangasniemi (FIN) fall (2:00), Nakao (JPN) 0
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 6 1956-11-29 3
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #1 2 1956-11-29 Mekhmedov (BUL) fall (2:45), Kangasniemi (FIN) 3
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 1 1956-11-28 0
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #6 AC 1956-11-28 Kangasniemi (FIN) 0
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