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Emil Väre

Full name: Emil Ernst Väre (-Vilén)
Nickname(s): Eemeli, Maailman-Eemeli
Gender: Male
Born: September 28, 1885 in Kärkölä, Päijät-Häme, Finland
Died: January 31, 1974 in Kärkölä, Päijät-Häme, Finland
Affiliations: Viipurin Voimailijat, Vyborg (RUS)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Without a doubt, Emil Väre was the world’s best Greco-Roman lightweight wrestler before World War I. He won every international tournament he entered, earning gold at the 1911 World Championships, 1912 Olympic Games and 1912 Unofficial European Championships. He also won Finnish lightweight titles in 1909 and 1911 and did not lose a match between 1912 and 1916. His career was interrupted by war, but he returned to wrestling and continued his dominance by capturing his second Olympic gold medal in 1920.

Väre retired from sports after the 1920 Olympics and later served as a wrestling referee and wrestling coach with his club Viipurin Voimailijat. He was the president of Viipurin Voimailijat in 1925 and 1927-31 and worked as a general-secretary, treasurer and vice-president of this club. He was also a long-time board member of the Finnish Wrestling Federation.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 1 Gold
1920 Summer 34 Antwerpen Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 1 Gold

Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round One Match #2 AC 1912-07-15 Väre (FIN)
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Two Match #1 1 1912-07-15 Väre (FIN) fall, Mathiasson (SWE)
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Three Match #1 1 1912-07-15 Väre (FIN) fall, Malmström (SWE)
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round Seven Match #4 AC Väre (FIN)
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round Six Match #4 1 1912-07-14 Väre (FIN) fall (11:00), Malmström (SWE)
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five Match #5 1 1912-07-14 Väre (FIN) fall (28:00), Balej (BOH)
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #9 AC 1912-07-13 Kaplur (RUS) , Väre (FIN) DQ (both passivity) (1-00)
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #11 1 1912-07-11 Väre (FIN) fall (9:00), Covre (ITA)
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #17 AC 1912-07-09 Väre (FIN)
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #18 1 1912-07-08 Väre (FIN) fall (37:00), Baumann (RUS)
1920 Summer 34 Antwerpen Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match 1/2 1 1920-08-20 Väre (FIN) fall (4:30), Tamminen (FIN)
1920 Summer 34 Antwerpen Wrestling Finland FIN Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1920-08-19 Väre (FIN) fall (8:13), Frisenfeldt (DEN)
1920 Summer 34 Antwerpen Wrestling Finland FIN Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1920-08-18 Väre (FIN) decision (25:40), Janssens (BEL)
1920 Summer 34 Antwerpen Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #1 1 1920-08-17 Väre (FIN) fall (4:37), Rohon (FRA)
1920 Summer 34 Antwerpen Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #1 1 1920-08-16 Väre (FIN) fall (3:13), Christiansen (DEN)
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