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Gazanfer Bilge

Full name: Gazanfer Bilge
Gender: Male
Born: July 23, 1924 in Karamürsel, Kocaeli, Turkey
Died: April 20, 2008 in İstanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
Country: TUR Turkey
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Gazanfer Bilge was one of the Turkish wrestling pioneers who changed from traditional Turkish wrestling to the Olympic international style. In addition to his 1948 freestyle gold medal, Bilge was European champion in freestyle in 1946 at 62 kg. Because the Turkish government awarded their gold medalists monetary rewards, he was declared a professional and could not compete again after the 1948 Olympics. Bilge donated money to schools, orphanages, and home for people in need in his hometown of Kocaeli, and was awarded a Service to Sports and Community Trophy by the International Fair Play Committee in 2002.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Freestyle Turkey TUR 1 Gold

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Final Standings 1 1948-07-29
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Final Round Match #1 1 1948-07-31 Bilge (TUR) decision (3-0), Sjölin (SWE)
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Six 1 1948-07-31 0
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Six Match #2 AC 1948-07-31 Bilge (TUR) 0
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Five 1 1948-07-31 0
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Five Match #1 1 1948-07-31 Bilge (TUR) fall (11:10), Hietala (FIN) 0
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Four 1 1948-07-30 0
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Four Match #2 1 1948-07-30 Bilge (TUR) fall (14:28), Moore (USA) 0
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Three 1 1948-07-30 0
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Three Match #3 1 1948-07-30 Bilge (TUR) fall (2:49), Jouaville (FRA) 0
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Two 1 1948-07-30 0
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Round Two Match #2 1 1948-07-30 Bilge (TUR) fall (4:01), Tóth (HUN) 0
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Round One 1T 1948-07-29 0
1948 Summer 24 London Wrestling Turkey TUR Round One Match #1 1 1948-07-29 Bilge (TUR) fall (9:13), Sadian (IRI) 0