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Carl Westergren

Full name: Carl Oscar Westergren
Nickname(s): Calle
Gender: Male
Born: October 13, 1895 in Malmö, Skåne, Sweden
Died: August 5, 1958 in Malmö, Skåne, Sweden
Affiliations: IK Sparta, Malmö (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Carl Westergren of Sweden is the most successful Olympic wrestler in the Græco-Roman style. A four-time Olympian he won gold medals in 1920 (middleweight), 1924 (light-heavyweight) and 1932 (unlimited) but in 1928, when he was defending his light-heavyweight title, he was surprisingly pinned in the first round by Onni Pellinen of Finland and withdrew from the competition. His total of three Olympic gold medals is a record shared with [Ivar Johansson], [Aleksandr Medved], and [Aleksandr Karelin]. Westergren was the world middleweight champion in 1922, and was also a three-time European champion in three different weight classes – 1925 as a middleweight, 1930 as a light-heavyweight, and 1931 in the unlimited class. He earned his living as a bus driver from Malmo.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle Sweden SWE 6T
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 17
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 1 Gold

Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round Match 1/2 1 1920-08-20 Westergren (SWE) fall (31:25), Lindfors (FIN)
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1920-08-19 Westergren (SWE) decision (25:00), Perttilä (FIN)
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 Westergren (SWE) fall (8:14), Vanderleenden (BEL)
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #1 1 1920-08-17 Westergren (SWE) fall (3:25), Dechmann (LUX)
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #1 1 1920-08-16 Westergren (SWE) fall (5:16), Eillebrecht (NED)

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round Match #1 1 1924-07-10 Westergren (SWE) decision, Svensson (SWE)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Six Match #2 1 1924-07-10 Westergren (SWE) default (16:50), Moustafa (EGY)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Five Match #2 1 1924-07-09 Westergren (SWE) fall (11:20), Wecksten (FIN)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Four Match #2 1 Westergren (SWE) decision, Varga (HUN)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Three Match #1 1 1924-07-08 Westergren (SWE) decision, Tetens (DEN)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #1 1 1924-07-07 Westergren (SWE) fall (5:30), Tázler (TCH)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #1 1 1924-07-06 Westergren (SWE) fall (5:40), Svensson (SWE)
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #4 2 1928-08-02 Pellinen (FIN) decision, Westergren (SWE)

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Standings 1 1932-08-04
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Three 2T 1932-08-06 4
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Three Match #2 1 1932-08-06 Westergren (SWE) fall (9:13), Hirschl (AUT) 0
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two 4 1932-08-05 4
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #2 2 1932-08-05 Gehring (GER) decision, Westergren (SWE) 3
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One 2T 1932-08-04 1
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #2 1 1932-08-04 Westergren (SWE) decision, Urban (TCH) 1

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1924-07-13 Spellman (USA) decision, Westergren (SWE)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1924-07-12 Westergren (SWE) fall, Del Genovese (ITA)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #3 AC 1924-07-11 Westergren (SWE)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE 2nd-Place Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1924-07-14 Svensson (SWE) decision, Westergren (SWE)