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Rudolf Svensson

Full name: Johan Rudolf Svensson
Nickname(s): Starke Rudolf
Gender: Male
Born: March 27, 1899 in Gudhem, Falköping, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Died: December 4, 1978 in Bromma, Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: Brandkårens IK, Stockholm (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Rudolf Svensson won two silver medals in 1924 as a light-heavyweight in both styles. In 1928 he competed as a heavyweight in Greco-Roman, winning gold. He returned to light-heavyweight in 1932, again winning gold. The Stockholm firefighter thus became one of the most successful wrestlers in Olympic history. Svensson was also European Champion in 1925 and in 1933 as a light-heavyweight Greco-Roman. He won two silver medals at the World Championships, and three at the European Championships, all in Greco-Roman. In Sweden he won seven championships between 1926-36. Svensson later played small roles in a number of movies. He was inducted into the International Wrestling Fall of Fame in 2005.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1932 Summer 33 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 1 Gold

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round Match #1 2 1924-07-10 Westergren (SWE) decision, Svensson (SWE)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Six Match #1 1 1924-07-10 Svensson (SWE) decision, Pellinen (FIN)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Five Match #1 1 1924-07-09 Svensson (SWE) decision, Moustafa (EGY)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Four Match #3 1 Svensson (SWE) decision, Wecksten (FIN)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Three Match #2 1 1924-07-08 Svensson (SWE) fall (19:45), Nielsen (DEN)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #2 1 1924-07-07 Svensson (SWE) fall (11:53), Berksoy (TUR)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #1 2 1924-07-06 Westergren (SWE) fall (5:40), Svensson (SWE)
1932 Summer 33 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Standings 1 1932-08-05
1932 Summer 33 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round Match #1 1 1932-08-07 Svensson (SWE) fall (5:00), Gruppioni (ITA)
1932 Summer 33 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two 1 1932-08-06 1
1932 Summer 33 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One 2 1932-08-05 1
1932 Summer 33 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #1 1 1932-08-05 Svensson (SWE) decision, Pellinen (FIN) 1
1932 Summer 33 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #2 AC 1932-08-06 Svensson (SWE) 0

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round Match #2 AC 1928-08-05 Svensson (SWE)
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Five Match #1 1 1928-08-05 Svensson (SWE) fall, Gehring (GER)
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Four Match #1 1 1928-08-05 Svensson (SWE) fall, Urban (TCH)
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Three Match #1 1 1928-08-04 Svensson (SWE) fall, Simonis (NED)
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #8 AC 1928-08-03 Svensson (SWE)
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #7 1 1928-08-02 Svensson (SWE) decision, Nyström (FIN)

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round Match 1/2 2 1924-07-14 Spellman (USA) decision, Svensson (SWE)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1924-07-13 Svensson (SWE) decision, Courant (SUI)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1924-07-12 Svensson (SWE) decision, Mylläri (FIN)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #5 1 1924-07-11 Svensson (SWE) fall, Hutmacker (BEL)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE 2nd-Place Final Round Match #1 1 1924-07-14 Svensson (SWE) decision, Wilson (GBR)
1924 Summer 25 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE 2nd-Place Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-14 Svensson (SWE) decision, Westergren (SWE)
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