Sofia Mattsson

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Sofia Mattsson
Sofia Mattsson 2010-04-28 001.jpg
Sofia Mattsson in 2010
Personal information
Full name Sofia Magdalena Mattsson
Nationality Swedish
Born (1989-11-11) November 11, 1989 (age 25)
Gällivare, Sweden
Residence Ljungbyhed
Sport
Country Sweden
Sport Freestyle wrestling
Club Gällivare SK
Coached by Fariborz Besarati


Sofia Magdalena Mattsson (born November 11, 1989 in Gällivare, Norrbotten County) is a Swedish wrestler.

Profile[edit]

At the age of 18 years old, she is already one of the highest-ranking, female wrestlers in Europe. She wrestles in the 48 kilo division for the Gällivare SK Wrestling club, coached by Håkan Johansson and Kalle Taivalsaari. From 2001 to this year, she has won eleven Swedish National Championships (six at cadet level, two at junior level and three at senior level).

In 2007, she competed at the European Championship in Sofia, her first ever international championship at senior level. Despite her young age and little experience, she won her first match; however, in the following match she was defeated by the Russian wrestler Larisa Oorzhak (who went on to win the gold medal). After the repechage, Mattsson defeated her other two opponents and won the bronze medal.

On August 2007, Mattsson became Junior World Champion for the second time after she defeated the Japanese wrestler Fuyuko Mimura in Beijing.

On September of the same year, she competed at her first ever World Championship at senior level in Baku, Azerbaijan, where she placed 8th, assuring herself qualification for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

In April of 2008 year, the young Swedish wrestler won a silver medal at her second ever European Championship at senior level.

On September 2009, Mattsson won the Senior World Championship in 51 kg.

National results[edit]

  • 2008 – 1st at the Swedish National Championship
  • 2007 – 1st at the Junior Swedish National Championship
  • 2007 – 1st at the Swedish National Championship
  • 2006 – 1st at the Swedish National Championship
  • 2006 – 1st at the Junior Swedish National Championship
  • 2006 – 1st at the Cadet Swedish National Championship
  • 2005 – 1st at the Cadet Swedish National Championship
  • 2004 – 1st at the Cadet Swedish National Championship
  • 2003 – 1st at the Cadet Swedish National Championship
  • 2002 – 1st at the Cadet Swedish National Championship
  • 2001 – 1st at the Cadet Swedish National Championship

International results[edit]

Senior[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 European Championships Sofia, Bulgaria 3rd 48 kg
World Championships Baku, Azerbaijan 8th 48 kg
2008 European Championships Tampere, Finland 2nd 51 kg
Olympic Games Beijing, Republic of China 12th 48 kg
2009 European Championships Vilnius, Lithuania 10th 51 kg
World Championships Herning, Denmark 1st 51 kg
2010 European Championships Baku, Azerbaijan 1st 51 kg
World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 51 kg
2011 World Championships Istanbul, Turkey 2nd 59 kg
2012 European Championships Belgrade, Serbia 2nd 55 kg
Olympic Games London, Great Britain 7th 55 kg
2013 European Championships Tbilisi, Georgia 1st 55 kg
2014 European Championships Vantaa, Finland 1st 55 kg

Junior and cadet[edit]

  • 2007 – 1st at the Junior World Championship in Beijing, China
  • 2006 – 1st at the Junior World Championship in Guatemala
  • 2006 – 1st at the Cadet European Championship in Turkey
  • 2005 – 1st at the Cadet European Championship in Albania
  • 2004 – 1st at the Cadet European Championship in Bulgaria

Trivia[edit]

  • At the European Championship in Sofia, the organizers of the event awarded her with the title "Miss Europe", a prize reserved for the prettiest wrestler at the tournament. However, she refused to accept the prize and commented: "This is not part of the sport. We are here to excel and win at wrestling. There are some people who compete in that other thing too but we don't do that here".

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