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Roman Rurua

Full name: Roman Rurua
Original name: რომან რურუა
Other name(s): Roman Vladimirovich Rurua, Роман Владимирович Руруа
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: November 25, 1942 in Mukhurcha, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Georgia
Affiliations: Kolmeurne Tbilisi
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Georgian Roman Rurua wrestled in the Greco-Roman class throughout his career, first as a featherweight and, from 1970, as a lightweight. Rurua came to prominence in 1963, when he won his first Soviet Greco-Roman featherweight title, repeating this victory in 1964. This earned him a place on the 1964 Olympic team, where he won featherweight silver. Starting in 1966, Rurua was not defeated in international competition for five years. He won World Championships in Greco-Roman featherweight in 1966-67 and 1969, and in 1970 Greco-Roman lightweight. In 1968 he won Greco-Roman featherweight gold at the Olympics. Rurua also competed at the 1971 World Championships, but injured his back in the fifth round and placed only sixth. Domestically, in addition to his 1963 and 1964 titles, Rurua won four more Soviet titles: in 1965 and 1967 in featherweight and in 1970 and 1971 in lightweight. In 1972 Rurua finished his sporting career, graduating from Georgian Polytechnic Institute with an engineering degree, and started to work as an engineer. In 1988 he was the founding member of the political organization Sporting Georgia and, from 1999-2003, was a member of Georgian Parliament. He was also vice-president of the Georgian Wresting Federation. Rurua was inducted into the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México 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 BP MR
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 2 1964-10-16
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #1 1T 1964-10-19 Rurua (URS) , Polyák (HUN) draw
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five 2T 1964-10-19 4
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five Match #2 1 1964-10-19 Rurua (URS) decision, Sakurama (JPN) 1
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 2T 1964-10-19 3
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #5 1 1964-10-19 Rurua (URS) decision, Mewis (BEL) 1
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 2T 1964-10-18 2
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #6 1 1964-10-18 Rurua (URS) decision, Skrydstrup (DEN) 1
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 2T 1964-10-17 1
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #12 1 1964-10-17 Rurua (URS) fall (4:26), Sille (TUR) 0
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 6T 1964-10-16 1
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #7 1 1964-10-16 Rurua (URS) decision, Macioch (POL) 1
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 1968-10-23
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #1 1T 1968-10-26 Rurua (URS) , Fujimoto (JPN) draw
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Six 1 1968-10-26 2,0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Six Match #2 1 1968-10-26 Rurua (URS) decision, Galinchev (BUL) 1,0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five 1 1968-10-26 1,0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five Match #2 1 1968-10-26 Rurua (URS) decision, Alakoç (TUR) 1,0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 1 1968-10-26 0,0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #3 1 1968-10-26 Rurua (URS) fall (8:56), Schneider (GDR) 0,0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 1 1968-10-25 0,0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #5 1 1968-10-25 Rurua (URS) fall (4:37), Damjanović (YUG) 0,0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 1T 1968-10-24 0,0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #8 1 1968-10-24 Rurua (URS) fall (6:23), Hazewinkel (USA) 0,0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 1T 1968-10-23 0,0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #8 1 1968-10-23 Rurua (URS) fall (5:28), Al-Karaghouli (IRQ) 0,0
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