Benni Ljungbeck

Benni Ingemar Ljungbeck ( born July 20, 1958 in Hässleholm ) is a former Swedish wrestler and current coach. He won a bronze medal in Greco-Roman bantamweight at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.


Ljungbeck began as a teenager in Klippan with the rings. He concentrated fully on the Greco- Roman style. His coach at the club Ringer ( Brottning Club) BK Klippan was the Finn Leo Honkala. Benni Ljungbäck began his international career at the age of sixteen Ringer. He finished at the 1974 European Junior Championships in Haparanda in the paper weight 5th place and was in the senior Nordic champion in paper weight ahead of the Finn Hirvonen and the Norwegian Stöwe.

At the Junior World Championship 1975 in Haskovo he came flyweight on the 4th Place. He occupied the same seat at the World Youth Championship 1977 in Las Vegas. At the Junior European Championships 1978 in Oulu, he then won his first medal at an international championship in the bantamweight title with 2nd place.

From 1977 Benni Ljungbeck also started regularly at international championships at senior level. With several World and European Championships in the years 1977 to 1979, he had to bantamweight but content themselves with means places yet. His big breakthrough came in 1980. Initially, he was at the European Championships this year in Prievidza European vice-champion in the bantamweight behind Mihai Boţilă from Romania, he placed it but from such world-class wrestlers like Pasquale Passarelli from the FRG and Vitali Konstantinov from the Soviet Union. Also at the Olympic Games in 1980 he won a medal, a bronze. Here were only Shamil Serikow and Józef Lipień before him.

At the European Championships 1981 in Gothenburg struggled Benni Ljungbeck bantamweight with four wins again reached the final before, in which he defeated the German Pasquale Passarelli. With Passarelli he should still provide many a hard battle in the following years. Even at the 1981 World Championship in Oslo he got back to him and was again defeated. Since he suffered a defeat against the Finns Ilpo Seppälä, it was enough for him at this championship for the 7th Place.

1983 paused Benni Ljungbeck injury and missed at the 1984 European Championship in Jonkoping bantamweight with the 4th place just a medal. In this championship he won in his first fight against Pasquale Passarelli, but dropped out after losing to Frank Wohlgemuth from the GDR and Balow Petar from Bulgaria before reaching the final of. At the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, he won over Antonio Caltabiano from Italy, Ilpo Seppälä and Ronny Sidge from Norway and was defeated by Haralambos Holidis from Greece and Masaki Eto from Japan. In the battle for fifth place he could no longer compete against the American Frank Fambiano. On the Olympic champion Pasquale Passarelli he did not hit.

Other medals won Ljungbeck at the European Championships in 1985 in Leipzig, where he finished bantamweight behind Oganes Arutjunjan from the USSR and Nicolae Zamfir from Romania to 3rd place and at the European Championships 1986 in Athens, where he featherweight behind the Hungarian Árpád Sipos Vice - European champion.

His last start at an international championship he graduated in 1987 at featherweight in the World Championships in Clermont -Ferrand. He left here but early on, and only reached the 13th place. Although Benni Ljungbeck at international championships won some medals, it was in his long career but not granted to him, even to stand entirely on the top of the podium.

After his career was devoted to Ringer Ljungbeck Benni, who lives in Ängelholm, the coaching profession. Since 2000 he is coach of the Danish Wrestling Federation and trained next to the wrestlers of IK Örgryte. In addition, he earned his living as a businessman.

International success

(OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championship, EM = European Championship, GR = Greco-Roman style, Pa = paper weight, Fl = Flyweight, Ba = bantamweight, Fe = featherweight, then until 48 kg, 52 kg, 57 kg and 62 kg body weight)


  • Journal athletics, numbers: 5/ 74 6/74, 3/75, 6/75, 6/76
  • Journal The Ringer, 3/77, 07/06/77, 4/78, 5 /78 9/78, 2/80, 3/80, 5/80, 8/80, 2/81, 4/ 81, 9/81, 9/82, 5 /84 9/84, 3/85, 5/ 85 5/86, 7 /87 5/88
  • Database of the Institute for Applied Training Science at the University of Leipzig