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Shalva Chikhladze

Full name: Shalva Chikhladze
Original name: შალვა ჩიხლაძე
Other name(s): Shalva Konstantinovich Chikhladze, Шалва Константинович Чихладзе
Gender: Male
Born: July 12, 1912 in Kutaisi, Imereti, Georgia
Died: January 14, 1997 in Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia
Affiliations: Dynamo Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Shalva Chikhladze from Georgia got interested in wrestling in 1920, when he saw Georgian professional wrestler Nikolay “Kolya” Kvariani, who was also born in Kutaisi, perform, but Chikhladze did not take up wrestling seriously before 1930, when he moved to Tbilisi. Soon Chikhladze became one of the top Georgian wrestlers, winning the Georgian SSR half-heavyweight title in 1932 and the South Caucasus half-heavyweight title in 1934. In 1935 Chikhladze moved to Moscow and started to train with Dynamo Moskva. In the same year, he participated at the Soviet Championships for the first time and won Greco-Roman half-heavyweight silver, which he would turn to gold the following year. Before World War II, Chikhladze also won two bronze medals at the Soviet Championships, both in Greco-Roman half-heavyweight, in 1937 and 1941. During WWII Chikhladze served with the Red Army and saw action in the Battle of Kaluga at the end of 1941, where he injured his left arm. After release from hospital in March 1942, Chikhladze was discharged from the Army with honors and returned to Tbilisi. He then took up wrestling again, winning three Soviet Greco-Roman half-heavyweight titles in 1946, 1949 and 1950. At the Soviet Championships, he also won Greco-Roman middleweight silver in 1944, Greco-Roman half-heavyweight silver in 1947 and 1951 and freestyle half-heavyweight bronze in 1946 and 1947. In 1952, well past his prime, Chikhladze was selected to the Soviet 1952 Olympic team and finished his sporting career with Olympic Greco-Roman half-heavyweight silver. Chikhladze later worked as a wrestling coach in his native Georgia.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Soviet Union URS 2 Silver

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MMR/RE BP MR
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 2 1952-07-24 1-1
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #1 2 1952-07-27 Gröndahl (FIN) decision (2-1), Chikhladze (URS)
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five 2 1952-07-27 4
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five Match #1 1 1952-07-27 Chikhladze (URS) fall (2:39), Nilsson (SWE) 0
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 2 1952-07-27 4
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #1 2 1952-07-27 Kovács (HUN) decision (3-0), Chikhladze (URS) 3
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 1T 1952-07-26 1
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #4 AC 1952-07-26 Chikhladze (URS) 0
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 1T 1952-07-25 1
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #4 1 1952-07-25 Chikhladze (URS) decision (3-0), Silvestri (ITA) 1
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 1T 1952-07-24 0
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #5 1 1952-07-24 Chikhladze (URS) fall (9:22), Leichter (GER) 0