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Albert Kusnets

Full name: Albert Kusnets
Gender: Male
Born: 1902 in Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia
Died: 1942 in Verkhnyaya Toyma, Arkhangelsk, Russia
Affiliations: Kalev Tallinn/Sport Tallinn
Country: EST Estonia
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Albert Kusnets’ first international championships were the 1921 World championships in Helsinki where he wasn’t very successful. At the Paris Olympics 1924, Kusnets won five matches in the lightweight class, but lost the bronze medal match to Finn Kalle Westerlund and had to settle for fourth place. Kusnets won his first major championships medal at the 1927 European championships in the middleweight class, where he won four matches, but lost to Hungarian László Papp and got silver behind him. In winter 1928 Kusnets broke his leg and although he hadn’t wrestled a match before the Olympics, he was selected to the 1928 Olympic team. At Amsterdam, Kusnets won five matches, but again he lost to Papp and had to settle for a bronze medal. At the 1931 European championships, Kusnets won his second silver, to which he added a bronze from the 1933 European championships. Being probably in the best form of his life Kusnets missed the 1932 Olympics, because Estonia decided to not send a team to Los Angeles at the last minute. Kusnets won the Estonian championships in the featherweight in 1921, in the lightweight in 1922 and 1924, in the middleweight in 1926 and 1927 and in the welterweight in 1930, 1932 and 1933. After his sporting career Kusnets worked as wrestling coach, one of his pupils was also Kristjan Palusalu. Albert Kusnets was sent to Verkhnyaya Toyma labour camp in the summer of 1941, where he starved to death in the winter of 1942.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer Paris Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman Estonia EST 4
1928 Summer Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman Estonia EST 3 Bronze

Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Final Round Match #2 2 1924-07-10 Westerlund (FIN) decision, Kusnets (EST)
1924 Summer Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round Five Match #4 1 Kusnets (EST) decision, Gaupset (NOR)
1924 Summer Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round Four Match #5 1 Kusnets (EST) decision, Matura (HUN)
1924 Summer Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round Three Match #6 AC 1924-07-08 Kusnets (EST)
1924 Summer Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two Match #10 1 1924-07-07 Kusnets (EST) fall (1:20), Borgström (SWE)
1924 Summer Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #10 1 Kusnets (EST) fall (12:20), Metayer (FRA)

Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1928 Summer Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Final Round Match #2 2 1928-08-05 Papp (HUN) decision, Kusnets (EST)
1928 Summer Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round Five Match #2 1 1928-08-05 Kusnets (EST) fall, Saenen (BEL)
1928 Summer Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round Four Match #4 1 1928-08-05 Kusnets (EST) decision, Jacobsen (DEN)
1928 Summer Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round Three Match #4 1 1928-08-04 Kusnets (EST) fall, Palcović (YUG)
1928 Summer Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two Match #6 1 1928-08-03 Kusnets (EST) fall, Larsen (NOR)
1928 Summer Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #6 1 1928-08-02 Kusnets (EST) decision, Simon (GER)
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