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August Neo

Full name: August Neo
Nickname(s): Ago
Gender: Male
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: February 12, 1908 in Vihterpalu, Harjumaa, Estonia
Died: August 19, 1982 in Aarhus, Midtjylland, Denmark
Affiliations: Sport Tallinn
Country: EST Estonia
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

August Neo, who was equally strong in both styles of wrestling, was one of the top light-heavyweight wrestlers of the world in the 1930s despite never winning a major international title. Nonetheless he is on a very short list of wrestlers who have won an Olympic medal at both styles of wrestling in the same year. Neo took up wrestling in 1928 and first competed internationally at the 1931 European Greco-Roman Championships, where he was fourth. Neo missed the 1932 Olympics, and possible medals, because Estonia did not send an Olympic team to the 1932 Olympics due to the Great Depression. Thus Neo won his first international tournament medal, a middleweight silver, at the 1934 European Greco-Roman Championships. In 1935 he won bronze medalss in light-heavyweight at both the European Greco-Roman and Freestyle Championships and, at the 1936 Olympics, won silver in freestyle and bronze in Greco-Roman. After the Olympics, Neo won silver at the 1937 European Greco-Roman Championships and bronze at the 1939 edition. Domestically Neo won 12 Estonian titles: in 1934 in Greco-Roman middleweight, in 1935-37 and 1939 in Greco-Roman light-heavyweight, and in 1929, 1931-34, and 1936-37 in freestyle light-heavyweight. Neo retired from sports during World War II and emigrated to Sweden. In Estonia Neo had worked as a car driver, continuing to work as a driver in Sweden, and he later owned a car repair garage.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Estonia EST 3 Bronze
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle Estonia EST 2 Silver

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Final Standings 3 1936-08-06
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Five 3 1936-08-09 5
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Five Match #1 2 1936-08-09 Bietags (LAT) decision (2-1), Neo (EST) 2
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Four 3T 1936-08-08 3
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Four Match #2 1 1936-08-08 Neo (EST) fall (12:19), Silvestri (ITA) 0
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Three 3T 1936-08-08 3
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Three Match #1 1 1936-08-08 Neo (EST) fall (4:59), Foidl (AUT) 0
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two 6T 1936-08-07 3
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two Match #1 2 1936-08-07 Cadier (SWE) decision (3-0), Neo (EST) 3
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round One 1T 1936-08-06 0
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #7 AC 1936-08-06 Neo (EST) 0

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Final Standings 2 1936-08-03
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Final Round Match #1 1 1936-08-04 Neo (EST) decision (3-0), Siebert (GER)
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Four 3 1936-08-04 4
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Four Match #1 1 1936-08-04 Neo (EST) decision (3-0), Dätwyler (SUI) 1
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Three 3T 1936-08-04 3
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Three Match #1 1 1936-08-04 Neo (EST) fall (8:09), Clemons (USA) 0
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two 5T 1936-08-04 3
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two Match #1 1 1936-08-04 Neo (EST) fall (9:22), Virág-Ébner (HUN) 0
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round One 7T 1936-08-03 3
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #1 2 1936-08-03 Fridell (SWE) decision (3-0), Neo (EST) 3