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Yakiv Punkin

Full name: Yakiv Hryhorovych Punkin
Original name: Яків Григорович Пункін
Other name(s): Yakov Grigoryevich Punkin, Яков Григорьевич Пункин
Gender: Male
Born: December 8, 1921 in Zaporizhzhia, Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine
Died: October 12, 1994 in Zaporizhzhia, Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine
Affiliations: Metallurg Zaporizhia
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Yakiv Punkin took up wrestling in 1938, while working in a factory as a turner, but his sporting career was interrupted by World War II. In 1941, Punkin was mobilized to the Soviet Army, but he was captured by the Germans soon thereafter and spent most of the war in German prisoner-of-war camps. Until summer 1942, he was in a POW camp in Emsland and then in a camp in Osnabrück. In 1945, just before the end of WWII, Punkin was moved to a camp near Magdeburg, from where he was freed by the Soviet Army. After his liberation, Punkin served three more years with the Soviet Army, until he was discharged in 1948. In the Army, Punkin took up wrestling again, winning the 1947 Soviet Army championships. The biggest achievement for Punkin as a wrestler came at the 1952 Olympics, where he won gold in Greco-Roman bantamweight. In his only other major international tournament, at the 1953 World Championships, Punkin finished a disappointing fifth. Domestically, Punkin was a four-time Soviet Champion, in 1949-50 in Greco-Roman bantamweight and in 1954-55 in Greco-Roman lightweight. After finishing his sporting career, Punkin worked as a wrestling coach in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, first with Metallurg Zhaporizhzhia and later with Burevestnik Zaporizhzhia.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MMR/RE BP MR
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 1952-07-24 2-0
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #1 1 1952-07-27 Punkin (URS) fall (3:28), Al-Rashid (EGY)
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five 1 1952-07-27 2
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five Match #1 1 1952-07-27 Punkin (URS) fall (1:26), Polyák (HUN) 0
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 1 1952-07-27 2
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #1 1 1952-07-27 Punkin (URS) decision (3-0), Bozbey (TUR) 1
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 1 1952-07-26 1
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #1 1 1952-07-26 Punkin (URS) decision (3-0), Taha (LIB) 1
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 1T 1952-07-25 0
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #9 AC 1952-07-25 Punkin (URS) 0
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 1T 1952-07-24 0
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #8 1 1952-07-24 Punkin (URS) fall (11:17), Merle (FRA) 0