August Kippasto

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August Kippasto
Born(1887-08-28)28 August 1887
Rannu, Kreis Dorpat, Governorate of Livonia
Died24 September 1973(1973-09-24) (aged 86)
Coogee, New South Wales, Australia

August Johannes Kippasto (28 August 1887 – 24 September 1973 ) was an Estonian wrestler who competed for Russian Empire at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.[1]

He competed in the Greco-Roman lightweight competition along with two other Estonians, Georg Baumann and Oskar Kaplur, at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, where he was eliminated after losing against Ödön Radvány and Karel Halík.

In 1929 he emigrated to Australia, where he worked as a piano tuner in Melbourne and while living in Mount Isa, and as a pupil of the great Georg Hackenschmidt, also tried his hand in professional wrestling under the name Russian Strongman Razgon (Ragozin, Ivan Razgon, Kippasto Razgon), but without success.[2] He wrestled among others with estonian born Martin Bucht, former Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Champion, Heavyweight Champion of Australia and Master of a Thousand Holds Billy Meeske.[3][4] and the American heavyweight wrestler Bill Beth.[5]

1973 he published poems collection "Mõtteid Kodust" in Sydney.[6]


  1. ^ "August Kippasto Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  2. ^ Russian cossack for Bohemia., The Courier-Mail 23 February 1934 Page 10
  3. ^ The Courier-Mail 9 March 1934 Page 6
  4. ^ Meeske still wins: "Billy Meeske (13.2) scored his fourth consecutive victory at the Bohemia Stadium on Saturday night, defeating the Russian, Kippasto Razgon (14.0), by two falls to one. It was not a spectacular contest, mainly owing to Razgon's preference for straight wrestling. The Russian lacks the generalship and cleverness of Meeske, and some of his attempts to apply well known holds were very crude. Meeske Was pinned by a double armbar and body press in the third round, but he gained a submission fall with the "octopus" hold in the fifth session, and clinched the match by putting the Russian's shoulders on the mat for the stipulated three seconds with a halch and body press in the seventh term.", The Courier-Mail 12 March 1934 Page 8
  5. ^ Razgon Outclassed., The Courier-Mail 19 March 1934 Page 6
  6. ^ ESTER Catalogue

External links[edit]

  • В. Чесноков: Спортивная борьба в СССР. Справочник. Москва: Физкультура и спорт 1954 (in Russian)