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Carl Westergren

Full name: Carl Oscar Westergren
Nickname(s): Calle
Gender: Male
Born: October 13, 1895 in Malmö, Skåne, Sweden
Died: August 5, 1958 in Malmö, Skåne, Sweden
Affiliations: IK Sparta, Malmö (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Carl Westergren of Sweden is the most successful Olympic wrestler in the Greco-Roman style. A four-time Olympian, he won gold medals in 1920 (middleweight), 1924 (light-heavyweight) and 1932 (unlimited) but in 1928, when he was defending his light-heavyweight title, he was surprisingly pinned in the first round by [Onni Pellinen] of Finland and withdrew from the competition. His total of three Olympic gold medals is a record shared with [Ivar Johansson], [Aleksandr Medved], and [Aleksandr Karelin]. Westergren was the world middleweight champion in 1922, and was also a three-time European champion in three different weight classes – 1925 as a middleweight, 1930 as a light-heavyweight, and 1931 in the unlimited class. In addition he won 13 national championships between 1917-33. He earned his living as a bus driver from Malmö, but he later ran a car rental company. Westergren also became involved in trotting races and kept racing pigeons as his hobby. In 2003 he was one of the first athletes to be inducted into the International Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle Sweden SWE 6T
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 17
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Sweden SWE 1 Gold

Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round Match 1/2 1 1920-08-20 Westergren (SWE) fall (31:25), Lindfors (FIN)
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1920-08-19 Westergren (SWE) decision (25:00), Perttilä (FIN)
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 Westergren (SWE) fall (8:14), Vanderleenden (BEL)
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #1 1 1920-08-17 Westergren (SWE) fall (3:25), Dechmann (LUX)
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #1 1 1920-08-16 Westergren (SWE) fall (5:16), Eillebrecht (NED)

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Round Match #1 1 1924-07-10 Westergren (SWE) decision, Svensson (SWE)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Six Match #2 1 1924-07-10 Westergren (SWE) default (16:50), Moustafa (EGY)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Five Match #2 1 1924-07-09 Westergren (SWE) fall (11:20), Wecksten (FIN)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Four Match #2 1 Westergren (SWE) decision, Varga (HUN)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Three Match #1 1 1924-07-08 Westergren (SWE) decision, Tetens (DEN)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #1 1 1924-07-07 Westergren (SWE) fall (5:30), Tázler (TCH)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #1 1 1924-07-06 Westergren (SWE) fall (5:40), Svensson (SWE)
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #4 2 1928-08-02 Pellinen (FIN) decision, Westergren (SWE)

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Final Standings 1 1932-08-04
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Three 2T 1932-08-06 4
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Three Match #2 1 1932-08-06 Westergren (SWE) fall (9:13), Hirschl (AUT) 0
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two 4 1932-08-05 4
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round Two Match #2 2 1932-08-05 Gehring (GER) decision, Westergren (SWE) 3
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One 2T 1932-08-04 1
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #2 1 1932-08-04 Westergren (SWE) decision, Urban (TCH) 1

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1924-07-13 Spellman (USA) decision, Westergren (SWE)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1924-07-12 Westergren (SWE) fall, Del Genovese (ITA)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE Round One Match #3 AC 1924-07-11 Westergren (SWE)
1924 Summer 28 Paris Wrestling Sweden SWE 2nd-Place Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1924-07-14 Svensson (SWE) decision, Westergren (SWE)
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