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Aleksandr Medved

Full name: Aleksandr Vasilyevich Medved
Original name: Александр Васильевич Медведь
Gender: Male
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
Weight: 225 lbs (102 kg)
Born: September 16, 1937 in Bila Tserkva, Kyiv, Ukraine
Affiliations: Burevestnik Minsk, Minsk (BLR)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Aleksandr Medved, a giant Soviet who wrestled in the unlimited class for much of his career, held the record for the most world and Olympic championships won in wrestling, 10, (although it was later bettered by Aleksandr Karelin), and is considered by some to be the greatest freestyle wrestler ever. Exclusively a freestyler, Medved made his international début at the 1961 World Championships, where he won bronze in the middleweight, but then he switched to light-heavyweight. His first title was in 1962 when he won the World Championships. He later won Olympic gold as a light-heavyweight (1964) and super-heavyweight (1968, 1972). His World Championships came at light-heavyweight (1962, 1963, and 1966), and super-heavy (1967, 1969, 1970, and 1971). He was European Champion in 1966, 1968, and 1972, competing less often at that meet. He was a Soviet Champion in 1961-63 and 1966-70. As a super-heavyweight, Medved's record is more impressive when one considers that he was small for that class (his maximum weight was about 110 kg. [242 lbs.]), usually wrestling much heavier opponents. He carried the Soviet flag at the opening ceremony of the 1972 Olympics and recited the Officials’ Oath at the Opening Ceremony of the 1980 Olympics.

After finishing his sporting career in 1972, Medved worked as a lecturer at the Minsk Radioengineering Institute (now Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics) and as a wrestling coach. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Medved became vice-president of the Belorussian National Olympic Committee and head of the Inter-University Department of Sport Excellence of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics. Medved also coached the Belorussian freestyle wrestling team and carried the Belorussian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics. In 2001 Medved was chosen as the best Belorussian athlete of the 20th century and, since 1970, an annual wrestling tournament in his honor has been held in Minsk. In 2003 Medved was one of the first 10 inductees elected to the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 1964-10-11
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #1 1 1964-10-14 Medved (URS) fall (0:39), Mustafov (BUL)
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five 1 1964-10-14 3
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five Match #1 1 1964-10-14 Medved (URS) fall (3:51), Jutzeler (SUI) 0
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 1T 1964-10-14 3
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #4 AC 1964-10-14 Medved (URS) 0
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 3T 1964-10-13 3
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #5 1T 1964-10-13 Medved (URS) , Ayık (TUR) draw 2
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 1T 1964-10-12 1
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #7 1 1964-10-12 Medved (URS) decision, Eriksson (SWE) 1
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 1T 1964-10-11 0
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #7 1 1964-10-11 Medved (URS) fall (2:12), Balla (ROU) 0

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 1968-10-17
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #2 AC 1968-10-20 Medved (URS)
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five 1 1968-10-20 1,0
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five Match #2 1 1968-10-20 Medved (URS) fall, Dietrich (FRG) 0,0
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 1T 1968-10-20 1,0
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #2 1 1968-10-20 Medved (URS) DQ, Kristoff (USA) 0,0
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 1T 1968-10-19 1,0
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #1 1 1968-10-19 Medved (URS) decision, Duraliev (BUL) 1,0
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 1T 1968-10-18 0,0
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #2 1 1968-10-18 Medved (URS) fall (0:46), Isogai (JPN) 0,0
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 1T 1968-10-17 0,0
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #2 1 1968-10-17 Medved (URS) fall (6:29), Yılmaz (TUR) 0,0

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 1972-08-27
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five 1 1972-08-31 2,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five Match #2 1 1972-08-31 Medved (URS) fall (4:01), Eskandar-Filabi (IRI) 0,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 2 1972-08-30 2,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #2 1 1972-08-30 Medved (URS) fall (1:26), Stîngu (ROU) 0,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 2 1972-08-29 2,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #4 1 1972-08-29 Medved (URS) decision, Dietrich (FRG) 1,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 2T 1972-08-28 1,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #4 1 1972-08-28 Medved (URS) fall (8:59), Yılmaz (TUR) 0,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 5T 1972-08-27 1,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #3 1 1972-08-27 Medved (URS) decision, Taylor (USA) 1,0