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August Englas

Full name: August Englas
Other name(s): Avgust Englas, Август Энглас
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11.5 (182 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: January 15, 1925 in Otepää, Valgamaa, Estonia
Died: March 21, 2017 in Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia
Affiliations: Kalev Tallinn, Tallinn (EST)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

August Englas was the last great Estonian wrestler before the emergence of 2006 and 2013 World champion [Heiki Nabi]. A veteran of World War II, Englas took up wrestling only in 1947, when he was nearly 22-years-old. Englas competed as a freestyle light-heavyweight at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, finishing fourth. At the 1953 World Championships, Englas won gold in Greco-Roman light-heavyweight and the next year won gold in freestyle light-heavyweight. Englas is the last wrestler to win the World title at both styles of wrestling (as of 2016). Englas’ international career ended after a serious shoulder injury in 1955, but he continued to compete domestically for five more years.

Englas was the Soviet light-heavyweight freestyle champion in 1949-52 and 1954 and light-heavyweight Greco-Roman champion in 1951 and 1953. At the Estonian SSR championships, Englas won golds in freestyle light-heavyweight in 1948, 1952, 1957 and 1959 and in Greco-Roman light-heavyweight in 1948, 1952 and 1955. After finishing his sporting career in 1960, Englas worked as a wrestling coach and wrestling referee in Estonia.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle Soviet Union URS 4

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 4 1952-07-20
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five 4 1952-07-23 7
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five Match #2 2 1952-07-23 Palm (SWE) decision (2-1), Englas (URS) 3
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 3T 1952-07-23 4
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #2 2 1952-07-23 Wittenberg (USA) decision (3-0), Englas (URS) 3
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 1 1952-07-22 1
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #4 1 1952-07-22 Englas (URS) fall (3:47), Leichter (GER) 0
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 2T 1952-07-21 1
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #5 1 1952-07-21 Englas (URS) fall (0:58), Jadav (IND) 0
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 4T 1952-07-20 1
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #5 1 1952-07-20 Englas (URS) decision (3-0), Atan (TUR) 1
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