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Väinö Kokkinen

Full name: Väinö Anselmi Kokkinen
Nickname(s): Väiski
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 78-85 kg
Born: November 25, 1899 in Hollola, Päijät-Häme, Finland
Died: August 27, 1967 in Kouvola, Kymenlaakso, Finland
Affiliations: HKV, Helsinki (FIN) / HPM, Helsinki (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Along with Ivar Johansson, Väinö Kokkinen was one of the world’s top Greco-Roman middleweight wrestlers at the end of 1920s and start of 1930s. A blacksmith by trade, Kokkinen took up wrestling in 1921, after participating in the Finnish Civil War and moving to Helsinki. During his wrestling career, which lasted nearly 15 years, Kokkinen won two Greco-Roman Olympic middleweight gold medals, in 1928 and 1932, and was an unfortunate fourth at the 1936 Olympics. Kokkinen also earned the European Greco-Roman middleweight title in 1930, while taking silver at the 1925, 1929, 1931 (in Greco-Roman middleweight) and 1933 (in Greco-Roman light-heavyweight) European Championships. Kokkinen never competed at the World Championships, but captured gold at the 1925 Workers’ Olympiad. Domestically, Kokkinen won six Finnish titles: in 1926, 1929-32 in Greco-Roman middleweight and in 1934 in Greco-Roman light-heavyweight. He also won the Finnish Workers' Sports Federation championships in Greco-Roman middleweight in 1924 and 1925. Kokkinen retired from wrestling after the 1936 Olympics and later became a successful businessman in the clothing and hospitality industry. In the 1940s he was also a board member of the sports club Helsingin Jyry.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 1 Gold
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 1 Gold
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 4

Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match #1 1 1928-08-05 Kokkinen (FIN) fall, Jacobsen (DEN)
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five Match #1 1 1928-08-05 Kokkinen (FIN) fall, Papp (HUN)
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #1 1 1928-08-05 Kokkinen (FIN) fall, Hala (TCH)
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #1 1 1928-08-04 Kokkinen (FIN) fall, Walzer (ARG)
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #1 1 1928-08-03 Kokkinen (FIN) fall, Johansson (SWE)
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #9 AC 1928-08-02 Kokkinen (FIN)
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 1 1932-08-04
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match #1 1 1932-08-07 Kokkinen (FIN) fall (18:55), Cadier (SWE)
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 1 1932-08-06 2
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #1 1 1932-08-06 Kokkinen (FIN) decision, Földeak (GER) 1
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 1T 1932-08-04 1
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #1 1 1932-08-04 Kokkinen (FIN) decision, Poilvé (FRA) 1
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 4 1936-08-06
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five 4 1936-08-09 6
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five Match #2 2 1936-08-09 Johansson (SWE) decision (3-0), Kokkinen (FIN) 3
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four 3T 1936-08-08 3
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #1 1 1936-08-08 Kokkinen (FIN) fall (3:00), Cocoş (ROU) 0
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 4T 1936-08-08 3
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #1 2 1936-08-08 Gallegati (ITA) decision (2-1), Kokkinen (FIN) 2
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 3T 1936-08-07 1
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #2 1 1936-08-07 Kokkinen (FIN) fall (1:30), Frederiksen (DEN) 0
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 6T 1936-08-06 1
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #1 1 1936-08-06 Kokkinen (FIN) decision (2-1), Mägi (EST) 1
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