Johansson grew up in Norrköping and learned the trade of a mechanic. Later he joined the police and brought it to police officer. As a teenager, he joined the Norrköpingsklubben IK Björnen, a wrestler club at. Soon he achieved initial successes at regional and then also on the Swedish levels. However, the international breakthrough had to wait until 1929 to be. From 1931 he dominated the international scene Ringer his weight class to an extent, as was before him, no one has succeeded and succeeded after him no more. The war ended in 1939 his career. Probably he would be in 1940 at the Olympic Games, which were scheduled for Tokyo, started. In the Municipal Museum of Norrköping him and his success is a dedicated space.
(OS = Olympic Games, European Championship EM =, GR = Greek -Roman style, F = Freestyle, Weltergerwicht, then to 73 kg middleweight, then to 79 kg HS = light heavyweight, then to 87 kg body weight)
Ivar Johansson won 22 Swedish Championships. In Greco-Roman style, he won 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1941 and 1943, in free style, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939 and 1941, always at middleweight.
As the only Swedish wrestler it was 1932/33, provide Axel Cadier Paroli, who moved into the light heavyweight later. 1933 Ivar Johansson was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal -.
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