Pentti Olavi HÄMÄLÄINEN

Finland FIN

Boxing

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Helsinki 1952
  • Year of Birth
    1929
Olympic Results

Biography

Pentti Olavi HÄMÄLÄINEN

Together with Sten Suvio, Pentti Hämäläinen is the only Finnish Olympic champion in boxing (as of 2010). He won his title in front of a home crowd at Helsinki, defeating Ireland's John McNally in the final of the bantamweight division. Hämäläinen moved up a weight division, starting as a featherweight from 1954. In that division, he once again medalled at the 1956 Olympics, this time being eliminated in the semi-finals. Hämäläinen also won two bronze medals in European Championships, one in 1951 (flyweight) and again in 1955 (featherweight). He then turned professional for a few years (winning five of his six bouts), but retired from boxing in 1959. Hämäläinen won six Finnish titles, two in flyweight (1950-51), two in bantamweight (1952-53) and two in featherweight (1954, 1956). Four of Pentti's brothers (Toivo, Arvo, Erkki and Aarne) were also national level boxers. Hämäläinen later worked as a mechanic and a policeman.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Melbourne 1956

B
Featherweight (≤57 kilograms)
Featherweight (≤57 kilograms) Boxing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Helsinki 1952

G
Bantamweight (≤54 kilograms)
Bantamweight (≤54 kilograms) Boxing