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Veikko Lahti

Full name: Veikko Olavi Lahti
Gender: Male
Born: December 7, 1926 in Janakkala, Kanta-Häme, Finland
Died: July 28, 2014 in Kotka, Kymenlaakso, Finland
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

Veikko Lahti took up wrestling in 1942 when he was 16-years-old. Equally strong at both styles of wrestling, Lahti was slightly more successful internationally in Greco-Roman, while domestically he had more success in freestyle. In Greco-Roman Lahti won his only major international tournament medal, when he won silver in light-heavyweight at the 1955 World Championships. Lahti also competed at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, but was eliminated after the third round in Greco-Roman light-heavyweight in 1956 and after the second rounds in freestyle middleweight in 1952 and freestyle light-heavyweight in 1956. Domestically Lahti won six Finnish titles – 1954-57 in freestyle light-heavyweight, in 1956 in Greco-Roman light-heavyweight, and 1958 in freestyle middleweight. By profession, Lahti was a policeman.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Wrestling Men's Middleweight, Freestyle Finland FIN AC
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN AC
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle Finland FIN AC

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings AC 1956-12-03 Eliminated r3/5 6
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 5T 1956-12-05 6
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #2 2 1956-12-05 Nikolayev (URS) decision (3-0), Lahti (FIN) 3
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 3T 1956-12-04 3
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #3 1 1956-12-04 Lahti (FIN) fall (2:45), Thomas (USA) 0
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 8T 1956-12-03 3
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #4 2 1956-12-03 Nilsson (SWE) decision (3-0), Lahti (FIN) 3

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MMR/RE BP MR
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings AC 1952-07-20 Eliminated r2/7 5
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 12T 1952-07-21 6
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #5 2 1952-07-21 Takhti (IRI) fall (5:10), Lahti (FIN) 3
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 10T 1952-07-20 3
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #4 2 1952-07-20 Genuth (ARG) decision (2-1), Lahti (FIN) 3

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings AC 1956-11-28 Eliminated r2/7 5
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 10 1956-11-29 5
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #3 2 1956-11-29 Ohira (JPN) decision (2-1), Lahti (FIN) 2
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 7T 1956-11-28 3
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #3 2 1956-11-28 Blair (USA) fall (12:37), Lahti (FIN) 3
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