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Lenni Viitala

Full name: Vilho Lennart "Lenni" Viitala
Gender: Male
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Weight: 52-60 kg
Born: November 8, 1921 in Nurmo, Seinäjoki, Etelä-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Died: February 24, 1966 in Vaajakoski, Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi, Finland
Affiliations: Vaasan Toverit, Vaasa (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Lenni Viitala was the world’s best freestyle flyweight wrestler at the end of the 1940s. He won the 1946 European and 1948 Olympic titles, and Greco-Roman flyweight bronze at the 1947 European Championships. He also competed at the 1951 World Championships, placing sixth in freestyle flyweight. During his career Viitala won five Finnish freestyle flyweight titles (1946-49, 1956) and one Greco-Roman flyweight title in 1953. He also won the Finnish Workers' Sports Federation Greco-Roman flyweight title in 1947. By profession, Viitala was a carpenter.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 26 London Wrestling Men's Flyweight, Freestyle Finland FIN 1 Gold

Men's Flyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1948 Summer 26 London Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 1 1948-07-29
1948 Summer 26 London Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match #1 1 1948-07-31 Viitala (FIN) decision (3-0), Johansson (SWE)
1948 Summer 26 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four 1 1948-07-31 2
1948 Summer 26 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #3 AC 1948-07-31 Viitala (FIN) 0
1948 Summer 26 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 1 1948-07-30 2
1948 Summer 26 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #3 1 1948-07-30 Viitala (FIN) decision (3-0), Jernigan (USA) 1
1948 Summer 26 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 1T 1948-07-30 1
1948 Summer 26 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #3 1 1948-07-30 Viitala (FIN) fall (14:11), Lamot (BEL) 0
1948 Summer 26 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 2T 1948-07-29 1
1948 Summer 26 London Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #2 1 1948-07-29 Viitala (FIN) decision (2-1), Balamir (TUR) 1