Poul Hansen (sport wrestler)

Poul Henrik Peter Hansen ( born October 20, 1891 in Korup Ubberud, Odense, † October 29, 1948 in Aarhus ) was a Danish wrestler and winner of the silver medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp in Greco-Roman. Style in the heavyweight division.


Poul Hansen began in 1907 with the rings. He was a member of the sports clubs I.K. Aarhus. Poul ranking only in Greco-Roman wrestling and was after the First World War to the best Danish wrestlers of this style in the light heavyweight and heavyweight.

The greatest success in his sporting career he scored at the Olympic Games in Antwerp in 1920 when he with five victories won the silver medal in the heavyweight division. In the battle for the gold medal he lost against Adolf Lindfors of Finland to a shoulder defeat. At the World Championships 1922 in Stockholm Poul succeeded in the heavyweight division one victory over the Hungarians Otto Szelky. He was defeated but then against the Swedes Anders Ahlgren and Ernst Nilsson and finished 4th.

At the Olympic Games in Paris in 1924 he was back in the heavyweight division at the start. He thereby achieved a victory over the Dutch Sint John. After defeats against Ernst Nilsson and Henri Deglane from France, who won the gold medal, he retired after the third round, finishing in 9th place.

At other international championships Poul Hansen did not participate. In the late 1920s, however, he still launched for the Danish national team, in countries fighting against Germany, but lost it against Willi Müller of Cologne and George Gehring from Ludwigshafen.

International success

(OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championship, GR = Greek and Roman. Styles, S = Heavy weight)