Asikainen (right) and Klein wrestling at the 1912 Olympics
2 November 1888|
Viipuri, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire
|Died||7 January 1942
Mäntsälä, Uusimaa, Finland
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, who was representing Russia, 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. Asikainen was awarded the bronze medal. The bout between Asikainen and Klein remains the longest wrestling match in history.
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