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Oleksandr Kolchynskiy

Full name: Oleksandr Leonidovych Kolchynskiy
Original name: Олександр Леонідович Колчинський
Other name(s): Aleksandr Leonidovich Kolchinsky, Александр Леонидович Колчинский
Gender: Male
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Weight: 254 lbs (115 kg)
Born: February 20, 1955 in Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: July 16, 2002 in Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine
Affiliations: VS Kyiv, Kyiv (UKR)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Oleksandr Kolchynskiy took up wrestling in 1966 and made the Soviet national team in 1974. In the 1970s Kolchynskiy, the 193 cm tall and 115 kg Ukrainian giant, who competed as a Greco-roman super-heavyweight, was considered a main medal contender at every major tournament in which he entered. Kolchynskiy was most successful at the Olympic Games, where he won gold medals in 1976 and 1980. He would have been a favorite to medal at the 1984 Olympics, but the Soviet boycott ended his chances. In addition his Olympic titles, Kolchynskiy won the World title in 1978 and the World Cup in 1980. He also won silver at the 1975, 1977 and 1979 World and 1976 and 1977 European Championships and bronze at the 1975 European Championships. He competed at the 1979 European Championships, placing fourth. Domestically, Kolchynskiy won six Soviet titles (1974, 1976-80).

After finishing his sporting career in the middle of 1980s, Kolchynksiy and his wife opened a small sewing shop, but he was later associated with Ukrainian organized crime. He was suspected of being an active member of the Savlokhov Brothers’ criminal group and organizing smuggling channels to Ukraine. In 1994 Kolchynskiy was sentenced to seven years of prison on extortion charges, but was paroled by Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma in 1996. After his prison sentence, Kolchynskiy tried to distance himself from his previous criminal associates and founded a children’s wrestling club Hart in Kyiv, which he headed until his untimely death due to a heart attack in 2002. Since 1998, an annual youth Greco-Roman wrestling tournament in his honor has been held in Kyiv.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Wrestling Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Wrestling Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 1976-07-20
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #1 1 1976-07-24 Kolchynskiy (URS) fall (0:37), Codreanu (ROU)
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #2 1 1976-07-24 Kolchynskiy (URS) decision (12-6), Tomov (BUL)
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 1T 1976-07-23 0,0
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #3 AC 1976-07-23 Kolchynskiy (URS) 0,0
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 1T 1976-07-22 0,0
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #4 1 1976-07-22 Kolchynskiy (URS) fall (2:33), Gundersen (NOR) 0,0
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 1T 1976-07-21 0,0
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #6 1 1976-07-21 Kolchynskiy (URS) fall (0:48), Braconi (ARG) 0,0
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 1T 1976-07-20 0,0
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #5 1 1976-07-20 Kolchynskiy (URS) fall (2:40), Tomanek (POL) 0,0
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 1980-07-22
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round One Match #1 1 1980-07-24 Kolchynskiy (URS) fall (1:40), Bechara (LIB)
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Two Match #1 1 1980-07-24 Kolchynskiy (URS) decision (4-2), Tomov (BUL)
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 1T 1980-07-24 0,0
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #2 1 1980-07-24 Kolchynskiy (URS) DQ (6:43), Farkas (HUN) 0,0
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 1T 1980-07-23 0,0
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #3 1 1980-07-23 Kolchynskiy (URS) fall (2:09), Díaz (CUB) 0,0
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 1T 1980-07-23 0,0
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #4 1 1980-07-23 Kolchynskiy (URS) fall (0:55), La Penna (ITA) 0,0
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 1T 1980-07-22 0,0
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #3 1 1980-07-22 Kolchynskiy (URS) DQ (7:50), Codreanu (ROU) 0,0