August Neo

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August Neo
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August Neo c. 1936
Personal information
Born 12 February 1908
Vihterpalu, Estonia
Died 19 August 1982 (aged 74)
Århus, Denmark
Sport Wrestling
Club Sport Tallinn

August "Ago" Neo (12 February 1908 – 19 August 1982) was an Estonian wrestler who won two medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics: a silver medal in the freestyle wrestling and a bronze in Greco-Roman wrestling. His achievements were underscored by teammate Kristjan Palusalu, who won two gold medals in wrestling at the same games. Neo also won five medals in both wrestling styles at the European championships in 1934–1939.[1][2]

Neo took up wrestling in 1928 and in 1931 placed fourth at European championships. He missed the 1932 Olympics because Estonia did not send an ample team to Los Angeles due to the Great Depression. During World War II he retired from wrestling and emigrated to Sweden. There he founded a small transport company and worked as a truck driver. He died in 1982 in Denmark, on the way from Germany to Sweden. Neo was first buried at Stockholm, but in 1998 reburied at the Metsakalmistu cemetery in Tallinn, Estonia.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b August Neo.
  2. ^ Neo, August (EST).
  3. ^ Neo, August. Eesti spordi biograafiline leksikon