Frank Andersson

Frank Andersson ( born May 9, 1956 in Trollhättan ) is a former Swedish wrestler. He was a multiple world and European champion and winner of the bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics in Greco- Roman style.


Frank Anderson began as a teenager when Trollhättans athlete club with the rings. Throughout his long career he launched even for the Lidköpings AS and the athletics club Gothenburg. He specialized in doing the Greco-Roman style, but took the national level also occasionally participated in freestyle competitions. The main trainers who were cared for him in his career, Per Svensson and the Finn Leo Honkala. The athletic blond curly Frank Anderson was a charismatic appearance on the wrestling mat. He was officially engaged after his schooling in the advertising industry, focused during his playing days, but probably only to the rings.

His international career began at the Junior World Cup in 1973, when he won the title before Tamas Kiknadse from the USSR and the Bulgarian Dimitrov at middleweight. He had another follow 1974 in Haparanda this success. There he was European junior middleweight champion before the Soviet athlete Alexander Dubrovsky. In 1975 he was in Haskovo for the second time Junior World Champion. He won the middleweight against Istvan Nagy from Hungary and Werner Schroeter from the Federal Republic of Germany. His last start at an international championship at junior level he graduated at the Junior European Championships in Poznan. In the light heavyweight weight he lost while the final battle against the starting of the Soviet Union, Armenians Airapet Minosjan and thus came " only " on the 2nd place.

In 1975 he also started already for the first time at an international championship of seniors. At the European Championships in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, he came here in the middleweight division to three victories, including he defeated Werner Schröter, but suffered from Vladimir Tscheboksarow from the USSR and Miroslav Janota from Czechoslovakia defeat and took the 5th place overall. A year later, he duped the age of 20 at the European Championships in Leningrad, the world's top show and became European Champion in the light heavyweight division. In the final battle he defeated while Stojan Nikolov of Bulgaria and Fred Theobald from the FRG.

At the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976 he lost after two wins against weaker opponents against Darko Nišavić from Yugoslavia and against Stojan Nikolov, whom he had defeated in Leningrad and therefore only reached the 5th place.

1977 beat Frank Anderson at the European Championships in Bursa light heavyweight with Stojan Nikolov, Petre Dicu, Romania, Roman Wroclaw, Poland and Airapet Minosjan four world-class athletes in a row. In the final battle he met Olympic champion Csaba Hegedus, a blond Hungary, he was defeated by the close on points. He thus became European vice-champion. In the same year he was in Gothenburg for the first time world champion in the light heavyweight division. He defeated among others Viktor Awdessjew from the USSR and Stojan Nikolov and also participated Csaba Hegedus successful revenge for the defeat at the European Championships the same year.

In 1978 became European Champion in the light heavyweight Frank Anderson in Oslo. He defeated among others there again Csaba Hegedus, the strong Poland Czesław Kwieciński, Keijo Manni from Finland and took against Darko Nišavić revenge for their defeat at the Olympic Games in 1976. During the 1978 World Cup in Mexico City, he defeated while again Viktor Awdessjan, but got in the fight against Petre Dicu shortly before the end of the fight, the third warning for passivity, which he had to be disqualified. Both wrestlers had previously received two warnings. In the fight against Stojan Nikolov were no reviews, so that both wrestlers were disqualified after each third warning. Frank Andersson came by it to 2nd place and became vice - world champion.

For the most successful year in the career of Frank Andersson was the year 1979. Initially he was in the spring of 1979 in Bucharest with wins over Jiri Kacirek from Czechoslovakia, Keijo Manni, Norbert Növényi from Hungary, Pedro Pawlidis from the FRG and Petre Dicu European champion at light heavyweight and in the autumn of 1979, he won in San Diego for the second time the world title. His Endkampfgegner were there Pedro Pawlidis and Norbert Növényi that he defeated both.

At the European Championships 1980 in Prievidza Frank Andersson beat while again Petre Dicu and Stojan Nikolov, but was defeated by the coming of the middleweight division multiple world champion Igor Kanygin and finished behind the 2nd place in the light heavyweight division. At the Olympic Games in 1980, which were boycotted by Sweden, he won over Posidis Georgios from Greece, Czesław Kwieciński and Franz Pitschmann from Austria, but was defeated by Petre Dicu and again against Igor Kanygin which he slipped to 4th place and no medal won.

In 1981, Frank Andersson but back on track. He was born in Gothenburg European champion at light heavyweight, where he defeated with Atanas Komtschew from Bulgaria and Bogislaw Dabrowski from Poland two old and with Franz Pitschmann, Keijo Manni and Alexander Dubrovsky three old rivals. At the World Cup this year, he met in the finals again Igor Kanygin and had to give this again beaten.

It was the same to him at the European Championships 1982 in Varna. Again, there was the final Igor Kanygin terminus, which meant the 2nd place for Frank Andersson. At the World Cup 1982 in Katowice, he was finally able to then turn the tables and become world champion for the third time. He let it Atanas Komtschew, Igor Kanygin and Ilie Matei from Romania behind.

1983 Frank Andersson started only at the World Championships in Kiev. He was nothing but headaches there and achieved 7th place in the light heavyweight their worst position in an international championship throughout his career. At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, he was not in the best shape since there but lacked the strong wrestlers from the Eastern bloc countries, he came anyway with wins over Rahman, Iraq, Kallos, Canada, Georgios Posidis, Greece and Uwe Sachs, FRG and a defeat against Steve Fraser from the United States to third place, winning the third attempt with the bronze medal at last an Olympic medal.

His last start at an international championship graduated from Frank Andersson then in 1985 at the World Championships in Norway Kolbotn, a suburb of Oslo. But he was no longer in the form of previous years and had to settle for 6th place in the light heavyweight division.

Frank Andersson finished his career as an amateur and entered the United States as a professional wrestler ( wrestler ) and brought it to a few appearances with World Championship Wrestling. Overall, he was in this business but not too successful. He then returned to Sweden. The early 2000s, he even had to sign personal bankruptcy due to private problems. Since 2002 he lives with his partner and their two children in Spain.

For his outstanding contributions to the struggle he was also honored several times. He was honored in 1977 with the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal -. In September 2006, Frank Andersson was inducted into the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame.

International success

Note: all contests in Greco-Roman match, OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championship, EM = European Championship, Middleweight, to 82 kg, light heavyweight, heavyweight and up to 90 kg, up to 100 kg body weight


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