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Hermanni Pihlajamäki

Full name: Herman Matinpoika "Hermanni" Pihlajamäki
Nickname(s): Hemppa
Gender: Male
Born: November 11, 1903 in Nurmo, Seinäjoki, Etelä-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Died: June 4, 1982 in Ähtäri, Etelä-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Vaasan Voima-Veikot, Vaasa (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Related Olympians: Cousin of Kustaa Pihlajamäki.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Along with his more famous cousin Kustaa, Hermanni Pihlajamäki was one of the world’s best featherweight and lightweight wrestlers during 1930s. Pihlajamäki won the Olympic freestyle featherweight title in 1932 and freestyle lightweight bronze in 1936. He was also European freestyle featherweight champion in 1931, while taking freestyle lightweight and Greco-Roman featherweight silver at the 1935 European Championships. Domestically, Pihlajamäki won six Finnish titles: in 1927, 1930, 1936 and 1937 in freestyle lightweight, in 1932 in freestyle featherweight and in 1935 in Greco-Roman featherweight. By profession, Pihlajamäki was a policeman.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Freestyle Finland FIN 1 Gold
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle Finland FIN 3 Bronze

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 1 1932-08-01
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match #1 1 1932-08-03 Pihlajamäki (FIN) fall (8:44), Karlsson (SWE)
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four 1 1932-08-03 2
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #1 1 1932-08-03 Pihlajamäki (FIN) decision, Farmakidis (GRE) 1
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 1 1932-08-02 1
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #1 1 1932-08-02 Pihlajamäki (FIN) decision, Nemir (USA) 1
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 1 1932-08-02 0
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #2 1 1932-08-02 Pihlajamäki (FIN) fall (3:20), Schack (DEN) 0
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 1T 1932-08-01 0
1932 Summer 28 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #1 1 1932-08-01 Pihlajamäki (FIN) fall (1:54), Rowland (CAN) 0

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 3 1936-08-02
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match #1 2 1936-08-04 Ehrl (GER) fall (12:21), Pihlajamäki (FIN)
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five 2T 1936-08-04 4
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five Match #1 1 1936-08-04 Pihlajamäki (FIN) fall (2:50), Delporte (FRA) 0
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four 4 1936-08-04 4
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #4 2 1936-08-04 Kárpáti (HUN) fall (9:20), Pihlajamäki (FIN) 3
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 1T 1936-08-04 1
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #4 1 1936-08-04 Pihlajamäki (FIN) fall (5:25), Soğancı (TUR) 0
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 1T 1936-08-03 1
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #5 1 1936-08-03 Pihlajamäki (FIN) decision (3-0), Thompson (GBR) 1
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 1T 1936-08-02 0
1936 Summer 32 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #5 1 1936-08-02 Pihlajamäki (FIN) fall (5:35), Lalemand (BEL) 0
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