Oskar Kumpu

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Oskar Kumpu
Oskari Kumpu.jpg
Oskar Kumpu in the early 1920s
Born (1889-01-29)29 January 1889
Askola, Finland
Died 25 June 1935(1935-06-25) (aged 46)
Olonets, Soviet Union

Oskar Viljami Kumpu (29 January 1889 – 25 June 1935) was a Finnish wrestler and a military officer. He competed in the light heavyweight event at the 1912 Summer Olympics.[1] In the 1918 Finnish Civil War, Kumpu fought for the Red Guards. After the war, he fled to the Soviet Russia and joined the Red Army.


Oskar Kumpu competed for the sports club Jyry Helsinki, winning the Greco-Roman light heavyweight Finnish Championship in 1917.[2] In the 1912 Summer Olympics, Kumpu lost his first round match against the Italian Oreste Arpè.[1] As the Finnish Civil War broke out in January 1918, Kumpu joined the Red Guard elite unit which was composed of the Jyry athletes.[3]

After the Red defeat, Kumpu fled to the Soviet Russia, where he finished a course in the Petrograd Red Officer School. In the Russian Civil War, Kumpu fought against the Finnish Whites in East Karelia. In January 1922, he took part of the famous Battle of Kimasozero where the Red Army battallion, led by the legendary Finnish officer Toivo Antikainen, beat the Whites and pushed them back to Finland.[4]

Later in the 1920s, Kumpu continued his wrestling career under the instruction of the Russian champion Ivan Poddubny, but without great success. He then rejoined the Red Army and was named as the Military Commissar of the Olonetsky District in 1933. Kumpu was drowned while swimming in the Olonka River in June 1935.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Oskar Kumpu Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Results of the Greco-Roman Wrestling Finnish Championships 1898–2017". Finnish Wrestling Federation (in Finnish). Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Viita, Ossi (2006). "TUL:n ykköslajilla eniten kansallisia kilpailuja". TUL:n paini suomalaisessa painikentässä 1919–1938. Helsinki: Finnish Wrestling Federation. 
  4. ^ a b Ponurovsky, A. V. (2013). "Зарисовки к портретам политических деятелей 1-й половины XX века". Краеведческие чтения. Материалы VII научная конференция 14–15 февраля 2013 Г (PDF). Petrozavodsk: National Library of the Republic of Karelia. pp. 232–233.