Jalmar Leonard Sjöberg (born March 31, 1985 in Svalöv) is an amateur Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler.[1] He won a silver medal for the super heavyweight division at the 2009 European Wrestling Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania, and two bronze medals at the 2007 European Wrestling Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, and at the 2009 FILA World Championships in Herning, Denmark.

Jalmar Sjöberg
Byers vs Sjoberg.jpg
Jalmar Sjöberg (left) wrestles against United States' Dremiel Byers at the Olympics
Personal information
Full nameJalmar Leonard Sjöberg
Nationality Sweden
Born (1985-03-31) March 31, 1985 (age 34)
Svalöv, Sweden
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight120 kg (265 lb)
Sport
SportWrestling
Event(s)Greco-Roman
ClubBK Ore Vinslöv
Coached byBjörn Fritz

Sjöberg qualified for the 120-kg category in men's Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, after winning the championship title at the World Qualification Tournament in Novi Sad, Serbia. He first defeated Poland's Marek Mikulski, and Azerbaijan's Anton Botev in the first two preliminary rounds. Sjoberg eventually upset Dremiel Byers of the United States, a former champion at the 2002 World Wrestling Championships in Moscow, Russia, with a surprising tactical score of 5–2, and a classification point score of 3–1, in the quarterfinal match.[2] Following a defeat for Byers, Sjöberg fought against, and thereby lost to Cuba's Mijaín López, who emerged as the top favorite for this category, in the semi-final match, without receiving a technical score.[3][4] Sjöberg qualified for the bronze medal bout, but finished in fifth place, after being defeated by Armenia's Yuri Patrikeyev, who scored three closing points in the last period to claim a medal.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jalmar Sjöberg". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Jeremy (13 August 2008). "Newark's Dremiel Byers loses in quarterfinals of Greco-Roman wrestling". New Jersey Journal. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Men's Greco-Roman 120kg (264.5 lbs) – Semifinal Official". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Jalmar Sjöberg klar för bronsmatch" [Jalmar Sjoberg ready for the bronze game] (in Swedish). Expressen Sverige. Retrieved 29 November 2012.

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