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Born: March 21, 1888 in Valga, Estonia.
Died: 1970 in Berlin / Germany.
Some of the best amateur and professional wrestlers of all time came from Estonia in the past. The best representative of the middleweight class in Estonian pro-wrestling was Karl Veimann, of Valga. He became known in the 1920s and 1930s under the name, "Hadji Weinura." At the shows he was announced as being from either Mongolia or Manchuria.
Veimann was a former Russian amateur wrestling champion. Following a successful career as an amateur wrestler he turned professional in 1910, and toured mainly in Russia with the likes of Victor Solovjev, Juhan Tigane, Nicolai Vahturov and his longtime friend Karl Tomberg, who later became known as "Radko Petrowitsch." The 1910s saw him mainly in smaller tournaments in Russia. After World War One his career his career got a major push as he toured extensively with the Estonians, Jaan Jaago and Karl Tomberg, across central Europe, Poland, Spain, Portugal and Brazil. On March 2, 1921 he placed third behind Jaago and Tomberg at the tournament in Tallinn, Estonia, which lasted more than four months. Jaago moved to Berlin. Veimann won the July 1921 Tallinn, Estonia tournament. As a part of Jaago's troupe and managed by Karl Volgt, he toured Poland and Germany. Back in Estonia he placed third at the 1923 Tallinn tournament, behind Hans Kawan and Iwan Romanoff.
During the mid 1920s Veimann was at the highest point of his career, as he won the World Middleweight Graeco-Roman Championship in Munich, Germany. On July 30, 1924 he defeated Josef Kunst in the final contest of one of the biggest tournament of that time in Europe. One year later, also in Munich, he won the World Middleweight Championship for the second time, by defeating Kunst again. In the summer of 1925 Veimann placed second behind Ivan Poddubny during a tournament at Berlin's Victoria-Garden.
After 1928 he often appeared in the heavyweight class. He remained an important part of the wrestling scene in central Europe until the late 1930s.
The last recorded appearance for Veimann as an active wrestler took place in August 1939 tournament at Lübeck, Germany. Due to World War Two no major tournament were held in Germany. Also for the short tournaments of the early 1940s, Veimann was no longer booked, which is why he retired from active business. After the end of the war, he worked in Berlin for a few years as a sports teacher. He stayed in contact with Jaan Jaago. Karl Veimann died in 1970 at the age of 82.
The following are a list of dates and places where Veimann placed first in tournaments:
1. July 10, 1921 - Tallinn, Estonia.
2. July 30, 1924 - Munich, Germany.
3. October 24, 1924 - Wroclaw, Poland.
4. June 25, 1925 - Munich, Germany.
5. November 20, 1925 - Berlin, Germany.
6. July 25, 1927 - Hamburg, Germany.
7. May 31, 1928 - Mannheim, Germany.
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Biography of Karl Veimann.
Author: Ronald Großpietsch.
Published: November 5, 2019.
Editor: Jimmy Wheeler.