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Eduard Pütsep

Full name: Eduard Pütsep
Gender: Male
Born: October 21, 1898 in Vastseliina, Võrumaa, Estonia
Died: August 22, 1960 in Kuusamo, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Kalev Tallinn, Tallinn (EST)
Country: EST Estonia
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

In 1924 Eduard Pütsep became the first Estonian wrestler to win an Olympic gold medal. Pütsep took up wrestling during World War I and won his first honors at the 1917 Russian Championships, where he won bronze as a bantamweight. He first competed internationally at the 1920 Olympics in Greco-Roman featherweight, where he lost to eventual silver medalist Finn Heikki Kähkönen in the semi-finals. At the 1921 World Championships Pütsep placed fourth in Greco-Roman featherweight and, a year later at the 1922 World Championships, he won silver behind Swede Fritiof Svensson in Greco-Roman bantamweight and won the bantamweight title at the 1923 Baltic Championships held in Gothenburg, Sweden. After his victory in the 1924 Olympics, Pütsep won another Greco-Roman bantamweight silver at the 1927 European Championships and also participated at the 1928 Olympics. Domestically, Pütsep won three Estonian Greco-Roman titles: in 1921 in lightweight, and in 1923 and 1925 in featherweight. Pütsep continued to compete until 1933 and later worked as a head coach of the Latvian national wrestling team, serving as the head coach of the 1936 Latvian Olympic wrestling team. During World War II Pütsep moved to Finland and worked there as a wrestling coach. Since 1977 an annual tournament in his honor has been held in Võru, Estonia.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman Estonia EST AC r4/5
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman Estonia EST 1 Gold
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman Estonia EST 6
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Freestyle Estonia EST 9

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Final Round Match #1 1 1924-07-10 Pütsep (EST) decision, Hansson (SWE)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round Five Match #3 1 Pütsep (EST) decision, Magyar (HUN)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round Four Match #6 1 Pütsep (EST) fall (16:00), Ahlfors (FIN)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round Three Match #6 1 1924-07-08 Pütsep (EST) decision, Skopový (TCH)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two Match #10 1 1924-07-07 Pütsep (EST) decision, Ikonen (FIN)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #9 1 Pütsep (EST) fall (4:00), Slock (BEL)
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round Four Match #4 1 1928-08-04 Pütsep (EST) decision, Leucht (GER)
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round Three Match #4 2 1928-08-03 Andersen (DEN) fall, Pütsep (EST)
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two Match #5 1 1928-08-03 Pütsep (EST) decision, van Maaren (NED)
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #5 1 1928-08-02 Pütsep (EST) fall, Miller (LUX)

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Wrestling Estonia EST Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1920-08-19 Kähkönen (FIN) decision (25:00), Pütsep (EST)
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Wrestling Estonia EST Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1920-08-18 Pütsep (EST) decision (26:02), Beránek (TCH)
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two Match #5 1 1920-08-17 Pütsep (EST) decision (25:00), Olsen (NOR)
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #3 1 1920-08-16 Pütsep (EST) decision (40:00), Dierickx (BEL)

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #1 2 1928-07-30 Angus (GBR) , Pütsep (EST)
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