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Ali Reza Soleimani

Full name: Ali Reza Karbalai Soleimani
Original name: عليرضا كربلايى سليمانى
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: February 2, 1956 in Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Died: May 21, 2014 in Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Country: IRI Iran
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

Ali Reza Soleimani had an unusual Olympic career, especially for a wrestler, as he competed at the 1976 Olympics in Montréal, and then not again until 16 years later, at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, where he carried the Iranian flag at the 1992 Opening Ceremony. In 1989 Soleimani became the first Iranian to win the World Championships in super-heavyweight freestyle wrestling, defeating American champion Bruce Baumgartner. He was also a champion in the indigenous Persian wrestling style of koshti pahlevani.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle Iran IRI AC
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle Iran IRI 6

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Wrestling Iran IRI Final Standings AC 1976-07-27 Eliminated r3/7 8,0
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Wrestling Iran IRI Round Three 12T 1976-07-29 8,0
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Wrestling Iran IRI Round Three Match #8 2 1976-07-29 Morgan (CUB) fall (2:55), Soleimani (IRI) 4,0
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Wrestling Iran IRI Round Two 9T 1976-07-28 4,0
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Wrestling Iran IRI Round Two Match #10 1 1976-07-28 Soleimani (IRI) decision (21-7), Grangier (FRA) 0,0
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Wrestling Iran IRI Round One 15T 1976-07-27 4,0
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Wrestling Iran IRI Round One Match #9 2 1976-07-27 Yatsu (JPN) fall (8:32), Soleimani (IRI) 4,0

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result CP MR
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Final Standings 6 1992-08-04
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Group A - Round Six 1T 1992-08-05 13,0
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Group A - Round Six Match #1 AC 1992-08-05 Soleimani (IRI) DQ (double passivity), Thue (CAN) 0,0
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Group A - Round Five 1T 1992-08-05 13,0
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Group A - Round Five Match #2 AC 1992-08-05 Soleimani (IRI) 0,0
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Group A - Round Four 1 1992-08-05 13,0
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Group A - Round Four Match #1 2 1992-08-05 Demir (TUR) decision (2-1) (10:19), Soleimani (IRI) 1,0
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Group A - Round Three 1 1992-08-04 12,0
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Group A - Round Three Match #1 1 1992-08-04 Soleimani (IRI) fall (2:19), Figueroa (PUR) 4,0
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Group A - Round Two 1 1992-08-04 8,0
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Group A - Round Two Match #2 1 1992-08-04 Soleimani (IRI) fall (2:02), Park (KOR) 4,0
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Group A - Round One 1T 1992-08-04 4,0
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Wrestling Iran IRI Group A - Round One Match #2 1 1992-08-04 Soleimani (IRI) fall (1:49), Honda (JPN) 4,0
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