Alfred Asikainen

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Alfred Asikainen
Martin Klein and Alfred Asikainen.jpg
Asikainen (right) and Klein wrestling at the 1912 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1888-11-02)2 November 1888
Viipuri, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire
Died 7 January 1942(1942-01-07) (aged 53)
Mäntsälä, Uusimaa, Finland
Weight Middleweight

Alfred Johan "Alpo" Asikainen (2 November 1888 – 7 January 1942) was a Finnish wrestler who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal.

Sporting career[edit]

Asikainen won the Greco-Roman middleweight event at the 1911 World Wrestling Championships in Helsinki. It was the only time he finished within the podium at a World Wrestling Championship.[1]

At the 1912 Olympics Asikainen won against his first four opponents, including the eventual winner Claes Johanson. In the semifinal he wrestled Estonian Martin Klein,[2] who was representing Russia,[3] for eleven hours and forty minutes on a blisteringly sunny day outdoors in the Stockholm Olympic Stadium. Asikainen lost by pin, and Klein ended up withdrawing from the final due to exhaustion, resulting in Johansson winning the gold medal by default.[2] Asikainen was awarded the bronze medal.[3] The bout between Asikainen and Klein remains the longest wrestling match in history.[4]

References[edit]

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  1. ^ "Wrestling Database" (Accessed via dropdown menu). Foeldeak Professional Sports Equipment. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Lamont, Tom (4 January 2009). "The 10: longest encounters". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Wrestling at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's Middleweight A, Greco-Roman". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Scrivener, Peter (28 July 2008). "Olympic countdown - 11 days - Great grappling". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 July 2012.