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Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov

Full name: Zhaksylyk Amiraliyevich Ushkempirov
Original name: Жаксылык Амиралиевич Ушкемпиров
Other name(s): Jaqsılıq Ämiralulı Üşkempirov, Жақсылық Әміралұлы Үшкемпіров
Gender: Male
Height: 5'1" (156 cm)
Weight: 106 lbs (48 kg)
Born: May 6, 1951 in Tegistik, Zhambyl, Kazakhstan
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

In 1980, Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, who took up wrestling in 1969, became the first ethnic Kazakh to win an Olympic gold. Before the Olympics, Ushkempirov, who wrestled in the Greco-Roman light-flyweight class his entire career, was virtually unknown, having made his international début just couple of months before the Olympics at the 1980 European Championships, where he won silver. After the Olympics, Ushkempirov won gold at the 1981 World Championships and silver at the 1982 World Cup. He was also Soviet Champion in 1975 and 1980. After finishing his sporting career, Ushkempirov worked as director of a sports school in Almaty from 1984-93 and in 1993 founded the sports club Zhaksylyk, where he worked as president. He was also active in animal husbandry, breeding cattle. Since 2001, an annual junior wrestling tournament in his honor has been held in Almaty.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Wrestling Men's Light-Flyweight, Greco-Roman Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Men's Light-Flyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 1980-07-20
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #1 1 1980-07-22 Ushkempirov (URS) decision (12-7), Khristov (BUL)
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four 1 1980-07-21 2,5
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Four Match #3 AC 1980-07-21 Ushkempirov (URS) 0,0
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three 2 1980-07-21 2,5
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Three Match #3 1 1980-07-21 Ushkempirov (URS) decision (17-6), Seres (HUN) 0,5
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two 4 1980-07-20 2,0
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #5 1 1980-07-20 Ushkempirov (URS) decision (13-10), Kierpacz (POL) 1,0
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One 4T 1980-07-20 1,0
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Wrestling Soviet Union URS Round One Match #5 1 1980-07-20 Ushkempirov (URS) decision (6-2), Alexandru (ROU) 1,0