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Anders Larsson

Full name: Anders Larsson
Gender: Male
Born: July 2, 1892 in Varberg, Halland, Sweden
Died: January 4, 1945 in Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Affiliations: Göteborgs AK, Göteborg (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Anders Larsson, or “Padd-Anders” 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 assailant’s arm got caught in the vise of Larsson’s 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.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle Sweden SWE 1 Gold

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
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) , Gallén (FIN)
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #1 1 1920-08-25 Larsson (SWE) fall (4:43), Meyer (FRA)
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