Full name: Anders Larsson
Born: July 2, 1892 in Varberg, Halland, Sweden
Died: January 4, 1945 in GÃ¶teborg, VÃ¤stra GÃ¶taland, Sweden
Affiliations: GÃ¶teborgs AK, GÃ¶teborg (SWE)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Anders Larsson, or âPadd-Andersâ as he was known, originally got the chance to wrestle at the Antwerpen Olympics as a late replacement. He was completely without recent merits as his only Swedish Championship dated back to 1910. He not only became a surprise gold medalist but also a fortunate one because his opponent in the final, Swiss wrestler [Charles Courant], injured his ankle in the semifinal and was at less than full strength in the final.
Larsson got his nickname from his hands, which were as big as paddles. During a night out in Antwerpen, he saved the life of a Norwegian Olympian. When the Norwegian was attacked with a knife in a dance club, the assailantâs arm got caught in the vise of Larssonâs strong arms. After his sporting career, Larsson worked as a restaurant caretaker and as a second job gave lessons in self-defense to the armed forces as well as to the police.
|1920 Summer||27||Antwerpen||Wrestling||Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle||Sweden||SWE||1||Gold|
|1920 Summer||27||Antwerpen||Wrestling||Sweden||SWE||Final Round||Match 1/2||1||1920-08-27||Larsson (SWE)|
|1920 Summer||27||Antwerpen||Wrestling||Sweden||SWE||Semi-Finals||Match #1||1||1920-08-27||Larsson (SWE) , Maurer (USA)|
|1920 Summer||27||Antwerpen||Wrestling||Sweden||SWE||Quarter-Finals||Match #1||1||1920-08-25||Larsson (SWE) , GallÃ©n (FIN)|
|1920 Summer||27||Antwerpen||Wrestling||Sweden||SWE||Round One||Match #1||1||1920-08-25||Larsson (SWE) fall (4:43), Meyer (FRA)|