Ivar Johansson (wrestler), Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Ivar Johansson (wrestler)

Swedish amateur wrestler

Date of Birth: 31-Jan-1903

Place of Birth: Söderköping, Östergötland County, Sweden

Date of Death: 04-Aug-1979

Profession: amateur wrestler

Nationality: Sweden

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Ivar Johansson (wrestler)

  • for the politician see Ivar Johansson (politician)Ivar Valentin Johansson (31 January 1903 – 4 August 1979) was a Swedish wrestler who competed at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics.
  • In 1932 he won the gold medal in the Greco-Roman welterweight and freestyle middleweight events.
  • Four years later he won the gold medal in the Greco-Roman middleweight competition.At the 1932 Olympics Johansson first competed as a freestyle middleweight.
  • Despite being a favorite, he lost his first bout to Kyösti Luukko.
  • Yet he won his all other bouts by fall, while Luukko lost in the semifinals and finished second.
  • Two days later he was scheduled to compete as a Greco-Roman welterweight.
  • For this purpose he shed five kilograms of bodyweight by fasting and sweating in a sauna, yet relatively easily won all four bouts.
  • Later the same year he was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal. Johansson never competed at the world championships.
  • At the European championships he won nine titles in 1931–1939, six in Greco-Roman and three int freestyle wrestling.Johansson grew up in a rural area near Norrköping, where he built his strength by manual labor at a farm.
  • He then moved to Norrköping city to work as a police officer and then as a wrestling coach.
  • The annual wrestling award "Ivars Guldsko" was established in Sweden in his honor after his death.

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