Pentti Hämäläinen

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Pentti Hämäläinen
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Personal information
Born11 September 1930
Kotka, Finland
Died21 October 2009 (aged 79)
Kotka, Finland
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight51–58 kg (112–128 lb)
ClubKotkan Voimailijat

Pentti Olavi Hämäläinen (19 December 1929 – 11 December 1984) was a Finnish boxer. He competed at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics and won a gold and a bronze medal, respectively. He won two more bronze medals at European championships in 1951 and 1955. Domestically he won six Finnish titles between 1951 and 1956, two in flyweight, two in bantamweight and two in featherweight division. After the 1956 Olympics he turned professional and won five consecutive bouts. He lost his sixth bout in 1959 and retired from boxing, after which he worked as a mechanic and a policeman. Four of his brothers also competed in boxing at the national level.[1][2]

1952 Olympic record[edit]

Below is the record of Pentti Hämäläinen, a Finnish bantamweight boxer who competed at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki:

  • Round of 32: defeated Thomas Nicholls (Great Britain) by decision, 3-0
  • Round of 16: defeated Henryk Niedzwiedzki (Poland) by decision, 3-0
  • Quarterfinal: defeated Helmuth von Gravenitz (South Africa) by decision, 3-0
  • Semifinal: defeated Gennady Garbuzov (Soviet Union) by decision, 3-0
  • Final: defeated John McNally (Ireland) by decision, 2-1 (won gold medal)