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Jim Trifunov

Full name: James "Jim" Trifunov
Gender: Male
Born: July 18, 1903 in Truax, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: June 27, 1993 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Affiliations: YMCA of Regina, Regina (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Of Serbian ancestry, Jim Trifunov took up wrestling at his local YMCA in 1922. One year later he had won his first of nine almost-consecutive Canadian bantamweight championships, missing only the 1931 edition due to an injury. His successes sent him to three editions of the Olympics Games, the most notable of which was in 1928, when he captured a bronze medal by overcoming Harold Sansum of Great Britain in the match for third place. He also won a gold medal in the bantamweight division at the inaugural 1930 British Empire Games by defeating Joe Reid of England. He retired from active competition following the 1932 Olympics and resumed his career with the Regina Leader Post. In 1936 they sent him to Winnipeg to work with the city’s Free Press, where he would remain for the rest of his life. While there he took up coaching and sports administration, eventually serving as president of the Manitoba Wrestling Association for a quarter of a century. He also held executive roles in the Canadian Amateur and Manitoba Wrestling Associations and was coach and manager of Canada’s wrestling delegations to the 1952, 1956, and 1960 Summer Olympics, as well as every edition of the British Empire Games between 1954 and 1970. Among his many honors, he was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1981 and has been inducted into the Canadian Olympic (1953), Canada’s Sports (1960), the Saskatchewan Sports (1966), and the Manitoba Sports (1981) Halls of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 20 Paris Wrestling Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle Canada CAN 9T
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1932 Summer 29 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle Canada CAN AC

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1924 Summer 20 Paris Wrestling Canada CAN Round One Match #8 2 1924-07-11 Sansum (GBR) decision, Trifunov (CAN)
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Wrestling Canada CAN Round One Match #4 2 1928-07-30 Spapen (BEL) , Trifunov (CAN)
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Wrestling Canada CAN 3rd-Place Tournament Match #1 1 1928-08-01 Trifunov (CAN) , Sansum (GBR)
1932 Summer 29 Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Final Standings AC 1932-08-01 Eliminated r2/5 6
1932 Summer 29 Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Round Two 7T 1932-08-02 6
1932 Summer 29 Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Round Two Match #4 2 1932-08-02 Jaskari (FIN) fall (7:24), Trifunov (CAN) 3
1932 Summer 29 Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Round One 5T 1932-08-01 3
1932 Summer 29 Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Round One Match #4 2 1932-08-01 Zervinis (GRE) fall (0:41), Trifunov (CAN) 3