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Vakht'ang Balavadze

Full name: Vakht'ang Balavadze
Original name: ვახტანგ ბალავაძე
Other name(s): Vakhtang Mikhaylovich Balavadze, Вахтанг Михайлович Балавадзе
Gender: Male
Born: November 20, 1927 in Ganiri, Imereti, Georgia
Affiliations: Burevestnik Tbilisi, Tbilisi (GEO)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Georgian Vakht'ang Balavadze found his first fame in sambo, a Soviet wrestling style similar to judo, by winning a Soviet welterweight sambo title in 1952 and silver in 1951, before establishing himself as one of the world’s top welterweight freestylers in the 1950s. Balavadze was World freestyle welterweight champion in 1954 and 1957 and won silver in 1959, but was not as successful at the Olympics. At the two Olympics in which he participated, Balavadze managed only to win bronze in 1956, when he lost to Mitsuo Ikeda and İbrahim Zengin in the third and final rounds and finished a disappointing 11th in 1960 after losing to İsmail Oğan in the first round. Balavadze also won gold in the World Festival of Youth and Students in 1953. Domestically, Balavadze was Soviet freestyle welterweight champion in 1952-55 and 1957, while taking silvers in 1956 and 1959. Balavadze retired from sports after the 1960 Olympics and later worked as a wrestling coach and referee in his native Georgia.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Men's Welterweight, Freestyle Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1960 Summer 32 Roma Wrestling Men's Welterweight, Freestyle Soviet Union URS 11T

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 3 1956-11-28
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #1 2 1956-12-01 Zengin (TUR) fall (8:03), Balavadze (URS)
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 2T 1956-12-01 4
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #3 1 1956-12-01 Balavadze (URS) fall (11:45), Berlin (SWE) 0
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 5T 1956-11-30 4
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #4 2 1956-11-30 Ikeda (JPN) decision (3-0), Balavadze (URS) 3
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 2T 1956-11-29 1
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #6 1 1956-11-29 Balavadze (URS) fall (2:50), Tischendorf (GER) 0
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 5T 1956-11-28 1
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #6 1 1956-11-28 Balavadze (URS) decision (3-0), Rantanen (FIN) 1
1960 Summer 32 Roma Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 11T 1960-09-03 6
1960 Summer 32 Roma Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #1 1T 1960-09-03 Balavadze (URS) , Heinze (GER) draw 2
1960 Summer 32 Roma Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 9T 1960-09-02 4
1960 Summer 32 Roma Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #2 1 1960-09-02 Balavadze (URS) decision, Chand (IND) 1
1960 Summer 32 Roma Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 13T 1960-09-01 3
1960 Summer 32 Roma Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #1 2 1960-09-01 Oğan (TUR) decision, Balavadze (URS) 3