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Chandgi Ram

Full name: Chandgi Ram
Nickname(s): Master
Gender: Male
Height: 6'4" (192 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: November 9, 1937 in Sisar, Haryana, India
Died: June 29, 2010 in New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
Country: IND India
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

Chandgi Ram served in the Indian Army and worked as a schoolteacher before taking up competitive wrestling at the relatively late age of 21. In 1961 he won a national title in the Indian form of wrestling and retained it the following year. During the sixties he won many tournaments across India but it was not until 1970 that he made a mark on the international stage. At the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok he gained a surprise victory over Abolfazl Anvari of Iran in the final of the heavyweight division and gained an unexpected gold medal for India. Ram dropped down a weight class to compete at the 1972 Olympics but was quickly eliminated after losing his two bouts.

After retiring from competition he turned to coaching and took up a position as a Director of Sports in Haryana. He became an advocate of women’s participation in wrestling and his daughter Sonika followed in her father’s footsteps and represented India in freestyle wrestling at the 2006 Asian Games.

A recipient of both the Arjuna and Padma Shri Awards, India’s two premier sporting honours, he also had a brief Bollywood acting career and followed numerous other Olympians in the role of Tarzan on the big screen

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle India IND AC

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling India IND Final Standings AC 1972-08-27 Eliminated r2/6 8,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling India IND Round Two 21T 1972-08-28 8,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling India IND Round Two Match #6 2 1972-08-28 Strakhov (URS) fall (2:45), Ram (IND) 4,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling India IND Round One 18T 1972-08-27 4,0
1972 Summer 34 München Wrestling India IND Round One Match #5 2 1972-08-27 Saunders (CAN) fall (1:59), Ram (IND) 4,0