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Tauno Kovanen

Full name: Tauno Into Kovanen
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11.5 (182 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: June 20, 1917 in Kuru, Ylöjärvi, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Died: February 9, 1986 in Lahti, Päijät-Häme, Finland
Affiliations: Lahden Ahkera, Lahti (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Tauno Kovanen took up wrestling in 1947, when he was already 30-years-old, and, five years later, won a surprising bronze medal in the Greco-Roman heavyweight class at the 1952 Olympics, which was his only major international tournament. Domestically, Kovanen never won a Finnish title, capturing Greco-Roman heavyweight silver in 1952 and bronze in 1951, 1953 and 1954, and freestyle heavyweight silver in 1950 and 1953 and bronze in 1951 and 1952. By profession Kovanen was a policeman and twice won the European Police Forces Championships title in heavyweight wrestling.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 3 Bronze

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MMR/RE BP MR
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 3 1952-07-24 0-2
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match #2 AC 1952-07-27 Kovanen (FIN)
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five 3 1952-07-27 9
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five Match #1 2 1952-07-27 Růžička (TCH) fall (4:43), Kovanen (FIN) 3
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four 3 1952-07-27 6
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #2 2 1952-07-27 Kotkas (URS) fall (2:43), Kovanen (FIN) 3
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 2T 1952-07-26 3
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #1 1 1952-07-26 Kovanen (FIN) decision (3-0), Waltner (GER) 1
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 3 1952-07-25 2
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #2 1 1952-07-25 Kovanen (FIN) decision (3-0), Ramírez (ARG) 1
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 6 1952-07-24 1
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #3 1 1952-07-24 Kovanen (FIN) decision (3-0), Şuli (ROU) 1
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