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Wrestling at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 7, 1912
Date Finished: July 14, 1912
Format: Double-elimination tournament. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final-round tournament.

Gold: FIN Yrjö Saarela
Silver: FIN Johan Olin
Bronze: DEN Søren Jensen

Summary

The deciding match came down to Yrjö Saarela of Finland and Søren Jensen of Denmark. Both were top international wrestlers. During his career, Jensen won eight medals at the Olympics, World Championships, and European championships, including a gold medal in the heavyweight class at the 1906 Olympic Games. Saarela had won one of the World Championships held in 1911, this one in Helsinki. But at Stockholm, Saarela prevailed, although only after three hours under a hot sun, when Jensen was forced to retire. Saarela had also won a silver medal at the 1908 Olympics in the light-heavyweight (93 kg.) class. In 1912, he earned, in addition to his gold medal, possession of the Challenge Trophy for the heavyweight Greco-Roman Wrestling, which had been donated in 1908 by The Gold and Silversmiths of Great Britain.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yrjö Saarela 29 Finland FIN Gold
2 Johan Olin 28 Finland FIN Silver
3 Søren Jensen 33 Denmark DEN Bronze
4 Jakob Neser 28 Germany GER
AC r5/7 Emil Backenius 28 Finland FIN
AC r5/7 Kalle Viljamaa 27 Finland FIN
AC r4/7 Adolf Lindfors 33 Finland FIN
AC r4/7 Uuno Pelander 24 Finland FIN
AC r3/7 Barend Bonneveld 24 Netherlands NED
AC r3/7 Gustaf Lindstrand 29 Sweden SWE
AC r3/7 Ned Barrett 34 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/7 Laurent Gerstmans 27 Belgium BEL
AC r2/7 Jean Hauptmanns 26 Germany GER
AC r2/7 Nikolajs Fārnasts 26 Russia RUS
AC r2/7 David Karlsson 31 Sweden SWE
AC r2/7 Alrik Sandberg 27 Sweden SWE
AC r2/7 Raoul Paoli 24 France FRA