Verner Weckman

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Verner Weckman
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Personal information
Born 26 July 1882
Loviisa, Finland
Died 22 February 1968 (aged 85)
Helsinki, Finland
Alma mater University of Karlsruhe
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 85–90 kg (187–198 lb)
Sport Greco-Roman wrestling
Club Germania Karlsruhe

Johan Verner Weckman (26 July 1882 – 22 February 1968) was a Greco-Roman wrestler from Finland. He competed in the 1906 Intercalated Games and the 1908 Summer Olympics and won two gold and one silver medal.[1][2] He was the first Finnish Olympic gold medalist.

Weckman was born to a farmer family in Loviisa and took the Abitur in Helsinki in 1902. Inspired by circus wrestlers he started to practice wrestling and won his first Finnish title in 1904. The following year he went to the University of Karlsruhe in Germany and won the unofficial world title in Duisburg.[1][3]

After competing in the Olympics, Weckman graduated from the University of Karlsruhe and in 1909–1921 he worked as an engineer in Russia. In 1921 he moved to Suomen Kaapelitehdas Oy (Finnish Cable Works), the company which would later form the basis for the electronics business of the Nokia Corporation. He served as the executive director for 34 years, until 1955. In 1953 he was awarded the title of Vuorineuvos for his services.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Verner Weckman.
  2. ^ Verner Weckman. Suomen Urheilumuseo
  3. ^ Weckman, Verner Johan (FIN).