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Anatoly Parfyonov

Full name: Anatoly Ivanovich Parfyonov
Original name: Анатолий Иванович Парфëнов 
Gender: Male
Born: November 17, 1925 in Dvornikovo, Moskva, Russia
Died: January 28, 1993 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: Dynamo Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Before World War II, Anatoly Parfyonov worked as a mechanic in a spinning and weaving factory. In 1942 he was mobilized with the Red Army, serving as a machine gunner with the 69th Guards Rifle Division. Parfyonov saw action in October 1943 on the banks of Dnepr and was wounded twice in the elbow and arm in a battle near village Hradyzk on the east bank of Dnepr. After recovering from his injuries, Parfyonov continued to serve with the Red Army, this time as a driver-mechanic with the 108th Tank Brigade. Parfyonov was demobilized from the Army in 1946 and resumed his work as a mechanic in a spinning and weaving factory.

Parfyonov did not take up wrestling until 1951, when he was already 26-years-old. Within three years, however, in 1954, he won his first Soviet Greco-Roman heavyweight title, a victory he repeated in 1957. Only five years after taking up wrestling, Parfyonov became an Olympic champion. The 1956 Olympic Games Greco-Roman heavyweight title was his only international title and international tournament. Domestically, in addition to his 1954 and 1957 Soviet titles, Parfyonov also won Greco-Roman heavyweight bronze at the 1956 and 1959 Soviet Championships. As Parfyonov took up wrestling at quite an old age, he was not a very technical wrestler, but he compensated for his lack of technique with great strength. According to the 1964 Olympic freestyle heavyweight champion [Aleksandr Ivanitsky], Parfyonov was physically stronger than the great [Aleksandr Karelin], who is considered one of the greatest Greco-Roman wrestlers of all time. After finishing his sporting career, Parfyonov worked as a wrestling coach in his native Moscow, his most famous pupil being the 1976 Olympic Greco-Roman heavyweight champion [Nikolay Balboshin]. At the end of 1960s and start of 1970s, Parfyonov also tried his hand in acting, having small roles in various Soviet movies and TV serials, most notably as a German security guard in a Soviet 1973 blockbuster TV miniseries “Seventeen Moments of Spring.” Since 1999 an international memorial tournament in his honor has been held in Moscow and a minor planet, 7913 Parfyonov, is named after him.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 1956-12-03
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five 2 1956-12-06 5
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five Match #1 1 1956-12-06 Parfyonov (URS) decision (3-0), Bulgarelli (ITA) 1
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 1T 1956-12-06 4
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #3 AC 1956-12-06 Parfyonov (URS) 0
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 4T 1956-12-05 4
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #3 AC 1956-12-05 Parfyonov (URS) 0
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 6T 1956-12-04 4
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #5 2 1956-12-04 Antonsson (SWE) decision (3-0), Parfyonov (URS) 3
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 2T 1956-12-03 1
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #5 1 1956-12-03 Parfyonov (URS) decision (2-1), Dietrich (GER) 1
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