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Yusein Mekhmedov

Full name: Yusein Alitiev Mekhmedov
Original name: Юсеин Алитиев Мехмедов
Other name(s): Hacı Hüseyin Pehlivan
Gender: Male
Born: January 25, 1924 in Razgrad, Razgrad, Bulgaria
Died: March 9, 2014 in İstanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
Country: BUL Bulgaria
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Yusein Mekhmedov was of the Turkish minority in Bulgaria and as wrestling is Turkey’s national sport, he was introduced to wrestling at a young age. Mekhmedov competed in heavyweight his entire career and was equally strong at both styles of wrestling. He was selected to the Bulgarian national team in 1950 after his military service with the Bulgarian Army. Mekhmedov had a brief, but quite successful international career. He first competed internationally at the 1955 World Student Games, winning gold in Greco-Roman heavyweight. In 1956, he won bronzes in both Greco-Roman and freestyle at the World Cup and established himself as one of the medal contenders at both heavyweight styles at the 1956 Olympics. At Melbourne, Mekhmedov won silver in freestyle, but a few days later had to withdraw from the Greco-Roman event after two bouts due to injury. In 1957, he won gold in freestyle and silver in Greco-Roman heavyweight at the World Student Games and later won bronze at the 1957 World Freestyle Wrestling Championships. Those World Championships were Mekhmedov’s last international appearance as he finished his competitive career in 1959. He then worked as a wrestling coach in Bulgaria until 1989 when he emigrated to Turkey. He settled in İstanbul, where he died in March 2014 at the age of 90.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Bulgaria BUL AC
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Bulgaria BUL 2 Silver

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Final Standings AC 1956-12-03 Withdrew r3/6 4
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Two 6T 1956-12-04 4
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Two Match #4 2 1956-12-04 Dietrich (GER) fall (7:09), Mekhmedov (BUL) 3
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round One 2T 1956-12-03 1
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round One Match #3 1 1956-12-03 Mekhmedov (BUL) decision (3-0), Kangasniemi (FIN) 1

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 2 1956-11-28
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Final Round Match #1 2 1956-12-01 Kaplan (TUR) decision (3-0), Mekhmedov (BUL)
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Five 2 1956-12-01 3
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Five Match #2 AC 1956-12-01 Mekhmedov (BUL) 0
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Four 2T 1956-12-01 3
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Four Match #2 1 1956-12-01 Mekhmedov (BUL) decision (3-0), Richmond (GBR) 1
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Three 2 1956-11-30 2
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Three Match #2 1 1956-11-30 Mekhmedov (BUL) decision (3-0), Vykhristyuk (URS) 1
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Two 1T 1956-11-29 1
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Two Match #1 1 1956-11-29 Mekhmedov (BUL) fall (2:45), Kangasniemi (FIN) 0
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round One 2T 1956-11-28 1
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round One Match #1 1 1956-11-28 Mekhmedov (BUL) decision (3-0), Noori (IRI) 1