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Claes Johanson

Full name: Claes Edvin Johanson
Gender: Male
Born: November 4, 1884 in Hyssna, Mark, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Died: March 9, 1949 in Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Affiliations: Örgryte IS, Göteborg (SWE) / Göteborgs AK, Göteborg (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Claes Johanson won 10 Swedish championships between 1911 and 1924 and added the European Championship in 1913. In 1912 he won Olympic gold in the middleweight A division by forfeit. The Russians [Martin Klein] and [Alppo Asikainen] had wrestled for 11 hours and 40 minutes in their previous bout and were too exhausted for another encounter. After repeating his success eight years later in Antwerp in the light-heavyweight class, the Paris Games came as a major disappointment for him. After losing against Frenchman and eventual gold medal winner [Henry Deglane] in the first round of the heavyweight class, he felt that the jury was biased by the protests of the home crowed in favor of Deglane.

“Gota Lejon,” as he was called, won a total of 203 international fights. In 1917 he was one of the founders of Göteburg AK and served as the club’s chairman until 1944. Johanson also held positions in the Swedish Athletic Federation and the Swedish Wrestling Federation. Prior to his first Olympic appearance he worked in a box factory and claimed that carrying and stacking the planks built up his strength. Johanson was later an ad salesman for the Gothenburg Morning Post.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Wrestling Men's Middleweight A, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1924 Summer 39 Paris Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 13T

Men's Middleweight A, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round One Match #2 AC 1912-07-15 Johanson (SWE)
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round Two Match #1 AC 1912-07-15 Johanson (SWE)
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round Three Match #1 AC 1912-07-15 Johanson (SWE)
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Seven Match #2 1 Johanson (SWE) decision (26:00), Åberg (FIN)
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Six Match #1 1 1912-07-13 Johanson (SWE) fall (50:00), Jokinen (FIN)
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Five Match #2 AC 1912-07-11 Johanson (SWE) , Asikainen (FIN) DQ (both passivity) (1-00)
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Four Match #4 1 1912-07-11 Johanson (SWE) decision (30:00), Lundsten (FIN)
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Three Match #8 AC 1912-07-10 Johanson (SWE)
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #10 1 1912-07-10 Johanson (SWE) decision (1-00), Tirkkonen (FIN)
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #11 1 1912-07-08 Johanson (SWE) fall (7:09), Totuschek (AUT)

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round Match 1/2 1 1920-08-20 Johanson (SWE) fall (17:32), Sint (NED)
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1920-08-19 Johanson (SWE) fall (16:57), Tetens (DEN)
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1920-08-19 Johanson (SWE) fall (6:39), Eriksen (DEN)
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #1 1 Johanson (SWE) decision (29:15), Rosenqvist (FIN)

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 39 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #5 2 1924-07-07 Deglane (FRA) decision, Johanson (SWE)
1924 Summer 39 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #4 1 1924-07-06 Johanson (SWE) decision, Szelky (HUN)
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