Kauko Kangasniemi

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Kauko Kangasniemi
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Personal information
Born (1942-11-18)18 November 1942
Kullaa, Finland
Died 17 April 2013(2013-04-17) (aged 70)
Hämeenlinna, Finland
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 90–110 kg (198–243 lb)
Sport Weightlifting

Kauko Kalevi Kangasniemi (18 November 1942 – 17 April 2013) was a Finnish heavyweight weightlifter.[1] He competed in the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics and placed seventh on both occasions.[2] Between 1969 and 1972 he won three medals at the world and European championships and set five world records in the snatch.[3]

Kangasniemi was born to a blacksmith and had seven brothers and three sisters. Four of his brothers were Finnish champions in weightlifting, and one, Kaarlo, was a world and Olympic champion. The Kangasniemi brothers had a rivalry at the national championships with the four Kailajärvi brothers.[4]


  1. ^ Mikko Marttinen (2013-04-17). "Kauko Kangasniemi on kuollut – Muut urheilulajit – Ilta-Sanomat". Iltasanomat.fi. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  2. ^ Kauko Kangasniemi. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ Kauko Kangasniemi. chidlovski.net
  4. ^ Arthur Chidlovski (March 2008) One-on-One with Kaarlo Kangasniemi. chidlovski.net