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Johan Richthoff

Full name: Johan Cornelius Richthoff
Nickname(s): Snövit
Gender: Male
Born: April 30, 1898 in Limhamn, Malmö, Skåne, Sweden
Died: October 1, 1983 in Limhamn, Malmö, Skåne, Sweden
Affiliations: BK Kärnan, Limhamn, Malmö (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

A son of a fisherman, Johan Richthoff participated in football and athletics. When a new club was formed in his neighborhood he started practicing wrestling. He was ranked fourth in 1924 before he won gold medals in 1928 and 1932 in heavyweight freestyle. In 1929 and 1930, he was European champion in light-heavyweight freestyle, also winning in 1930 in Greco-Roman. Domestically Richthoff won eight Swedish Championships. For his two European titles he was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1930. After the 1932 Games he turned professional in the United States, remaining undefeated in 100 bouts. He later coached Sweden’s freestyle wrestlers at the 1936 Olympics, although he continued to wrestle professionally until age 49. He devoted himself to the fight against alcohol as a Free Church preacher. He was also active in music, literature, and as a chess player.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 26 Paris Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Sweden SWE 4T
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Sweden SWE 1 Gold

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1924 Summer 26 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Quarter-Finals Match #1 2 1924-07-12 Wernli (SUI) decision, Richthoff (SWE)
1924 Summer 26 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #2 1 1924-07-11 Richthoff (SWE) fall, Sangwine (GBR)
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round Match #1 1 1928-08-01 Richthoff (SWE) , George (USA)
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Wrestling Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1928-07-31 Richthoff (SWE) , Dame (FRA)
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #3 1 1928-07-30 Richthoff (SWE) , Sihvola (FIN)
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Standings 1 1932-08-01
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two 1 1932-08-02 2
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #1 1 1932-08-02 Richthoff (SWE) decision, Hirschl (AUT) 1
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One 2 1932-08-01 1
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #1 1 1932-08-01 Richthoff (SWE) decision, Riley (USA) 1
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