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Mirian Tsalkalamanidze

Full name: Mirian Tsalkalamanidze
Original name: მირიან ცალქალამანიძე
Other name(s): Mirian Vasilyevich Tsalkalamanidze, Мириан Васильевич Цалкаламанидзе
Gender: Male
Born: April 20, 1927 in Kondoli, Kakheti, Georgia
Died: August 3, 2000 in Telavi, Kakheti, Georgia
Affiliations: Spartak Tbilisi, Tbilisi (GEO)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Mirian Tsalkalamanidze was another great Soviet wrestler of the 1950s from Georgia. Tsalkalamanidze took up chidaoba, the Georgian traditional style of wrestling, as a youth, but was not introduced to a classical wrestling style until 1951, when he took up freestyle wrestling at 24-years-old. Tsalkalamanidze won his first Soviet freestyle flyweight title in 1954 and, the same year, was selected to the Soviet 1954 World Freestyle Championships team. At the World Championships, Tsalkalamanidze lost to Yushu Kitano and Hüseyin Akbaş, earning a bronze medal. Three years later, Tsalkalamanidze bettered his 1954 World Championships bronze to silver, when he lost to Mehmet Kartal of Turkey in the final of the 1957 World Freestyle Championships flyweight class. The best international tournament for Tsalkalamanidze, however, was the 1956 Olympics, where he lost to Akbaş again but, due to the bad points system, was able to win a gold medal. Domestically, in addition to his 1954 Soviet title, Tsalkalamanidze won a Soviet freestyle flyweight title in 1956 and freestyle flyweight bronze in 1955.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Men's Flyweight, Freestyle Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Men's Flyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 1956-11-28
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #1 2 1956-12-01 Khojastehpour (IRI) fall (4:00), Tsalkalamanidze (URS)
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five 2T 1956-12-01 5
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Five Match #2 AC 1956-12-01 Tsalkalamanidze (URS) 0
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 3 1956-12-01 5
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #2 2 1956-12-01 Akbaş (TUR) decision (3-0), Tsalkalamanidze (URS) 3
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 2T 1956-11-30 2
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #4 1 1956-11-30 Tsalkalamanidze (URS) fall (8:50), Daware (IND) 0
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 3T 1956-11-29 2
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #5 1 1956-11-29 Tsalkalamanidze (URS) decision (2-1), Asai (JPN) 1
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 5T 1956-11-28 1
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #5 1 1956-11-28 Tsalkalamanidze (URS) decision (3-0), Delgado (USA) 1