Bertil Antonsson

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Bertil Antonsson
Bertil Antonsson 1952.jpg
Antonsson at the 1952 Olympics
Personal information
Born 19 July 1921
Trollhättan, Sweden
Died 27 November 2006 (aged 85)
Trollhättan, Sweden
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Sport Wrestling
Club Trollhättans Atletklubb

Hans Bertil August Antonsson (19 July 1921 – 27 November 2006) was a Swedish heavyweight wrestler. He competed at the 1948, 1952 and 1960 Summer Olympics in freestyle wrestling and won silver medals in 1948 and 1952. In 1956 he entered the Greco-Roman contest instead and finished fifth.[1]

Antonsson took up wrestling at age 14, began competing aged 17, and retired at 47. Besides Olympic medals he won three world, two European and 24 national titles. At the 1953 World Greco-Roman Championships he dominated the reigning Olympic champion Johannes Kotkas, who was 30 kg heavier than Antonsson; he won the word title and was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal later that year.[2]

In retirement, for many years Antonsson headed his native club Trollhättans and refereed wrestling competitions. His brother Bengt and nephew Hans were also prominent wrestlers.[2]


  1. ^ "Bertil Antonsson". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. 
  2. ^ a b Bertil Antonsson. Swedish Olympic Committee

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