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Eino Leino

Full name: Eino Aukusti Leino
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (174 cm)
Weight: 66-76 kg
Born: April 7, 1891 in Kuopio, Pohjois-Savo, Finland
Died: November 30, 1986 in Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Eino Leino had a very unusual wrestling career. He won medals in freestyle at four consecutive Olympics, making him one of only four wrestlers to win medals at four Games. In 1920 he won the gold medal in the middleweight class, his only Olympic title. He followed this with welterweight silver in 1924, lightweight bronze in 1928 and welterweight bronze in 1932. As Leino lived in the United States during his active wrestling career, he never competed at the European or World Championships or won a Finnish title. Before emigrating to the United States in late 1914, Leino was a noted diver and played football as a goalkeeper. He won the US AAU Championships in 1920 and 1923 in freestyle middleweight and captured various East Coast championships from 1915-28. Leino’s only medal at the Finnish championships, silver in freestyle welterweight, came in 1936, after he had moved back to Finland. By profession Leino was a carpenter and, from 1949-52, worked in various leading positions with the Finnish Workers' Sports Federation.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Wrestling Men's Middleweight, Freestyle Finland FIN 1 Gold
1924 Summer 33 Paris Wrestling Men's Welterweight, Freestyle Finland FIN 2 Silver
1928 Summer 37 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1932 Summer 41 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Welterweight, Freestyle Finland FIN 3 Bronze

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1928 Summer 37 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN Quarter-Finals Match #2 2 1928-07-30 Pacôme (FRA) , Leino (FIN)
1928 Summer 37 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #3 1 1928-07-30 Leino (FIN) , MacKenzie (GBR)
1928 Summer 37 Amsterdam Wrestling Finland FIN 3rd-Place Tournament Match #1 1 1928-08-01 Leino (FIN) , Nilsen (NOR)

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1924 Summer 33 Paris Wrestling Finland FIN Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1924-07-13 Gehri (SUI) fall, Leino (FIN)
1924 Summer 33 Paris Wrestling Finland FIN Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1924-07-12 Leino (FIN) decision, Roosen (BEL)
1924 Summer 33 Paris Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #5 1 1924-07-11 Leino (FIN) fall, Janssens (BEL)
1924 Summer 33 Paris Wrestling Finland FIN 2nd-Place Final Round Match #1 1 1924-07-14 Leino (FIN) decision, Johnson (USA)
1924 Summer 33 Paris Wrestling Finland FIN 2nd-Place Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-14 Leino (FIN) decision, Lookabaugh (USA)
1932 Summer 41 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 3 1932-08-01
1932 Summer 41 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match 1/2 1 1932-08-03 Leino (FIN) , VanBebber (USA) decision
1932 Summer 41 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match 2/3 2 1932-08-03 McDonald (CAN) fall (8:29), Leino (FIN)
1932 Summer 41 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 1 1932-08-02 1
1932 Summer 41 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #1 AC 1932-08-02 Leino (FIN) 0
1932 Summer 41 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 2T 1932-08-02 1
1932 Summer 41 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #2 1 1932-08-02 Leino (FIN) decision, Kono (JPN) 1
1932 Summer 41 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 1T 1932-08-01 0
1932 Summer 41 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #2 1 1932-08-01 Leino (FIN) fall (10:40), Lindblom (SWE) 0

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match 1/2 1 1920-08-27 Leino (FIN) , Penttala (FIN)
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Wrestling Finland FIN Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1920-08-27 Leino (FIN) , Johnson (USA)
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Wrestling Finland FIN Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1920-08-27 Leino (FIN) , Janssens (BEL)
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #5 1 1920-08-26 Leino (FIN) fall (8:01), Bron (SUI)