Martin Klein (wrestler)

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Martin Klein and Alfred Asikainen at Stockholm Olympics in 1912.
Olympic medal record
Men's Greco-Roman wrestling
Silver 1912 Stockholm middleweight

Martin Klein (Russian: Мартин Кляйн; 12 September 1884 in Kuressaare, Tarvastu Parish, Viljandi County – 11 February 1947 in Viljandi County) was an Estonian wrestler who competed for the Russian Empire and took part in the 1912 Summer Olympics.[1]

Biography[edit]

Klein won the silver medal in the middleweight class in the 1912 Summer Olympics.[2] This was the first Olympic medal won by Estonia.[3] In the semifinal against Finnish wrestler Alfred Asikainen (both Finland and Estonia were under Russian domination, but Finland, unlike Estonia, was allowed to compete under their own flag), the two grappled for 11 hours and 40 minutes until finally Klein managed to pin Asikainen. Klein was so exhausted from the bout - the longest wrestling match ever recorded - that he was unable to wrestle for the gold the next day, leaving Swedish wrestler Claes Johansson with the gold medal.

The international Martin Klein Memorial in Greco-Roman wrestling is held in Viljandi, Estonia from 1962.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martin Klein Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  2. ^ Martin Klein, DatabaseOlympics, accessed June 2012
  3. ^ "Exhibition "For the First Time in London" introduces London 2012 Games and the Estonian Olympic history". British Embassy, Tallinn. Retrieved 11 June 2012.