|Date of birth : 08/06/1949
Place of birth : Belarussie
Nationality : Belarus
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 120 kg
Club : Burevestnik Minsk
Profession : graduated at the Belorussian Sports College
Active since : 1957
Alexander Medved held the title of the world champion seven times, won the Jeux Olympiques in wrestling thrice, USSR Master of Sports, BSSR Honoured Sports Specialist. Alexander Medved was awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner of Labour, the Order of Honour. Since 1970, Belarus holds international sport competitions honoring Alexander Medved.
Today Medved is the Chairman of the Inte-rinstitutional Faculty of Physical Development of the Belarusian Institute for Information Science and Radio Electronics and Vice-president of the National Olympic Committee.
His performance in becoming the first man to win wrestling gold medals at three Olympics makes him one of the greatest wrestlers in history.
Between 1962 and his retirement after the Games of 1972 he lost the Olympic or World title only on one occasion - the 1965 Championnat du Monde we he drew with Ahmer Ayik (TUR) and conceded the gold medal on fewer bad marks. What made his career even more remarkable was that he rarely weighed more than 105kg and sometimes fought competitors more than 60kg heavier than himself. Yet his deft armoury of attacks and sudden evasions enabled him to outmanoeuvre more bruly opponents.
He was initially a light-heavyweight, taking the gold medal at Tokyo. Two years later he moved up to heavyweight. At Mexico City, he was helped by an injury to his leading rival, Wilfried Dietrich (GER). In München he had to use all his experience to keep clear of the formidable strength of Chris Taylor (USA) who weighed 190kg. Although the second lightest man in his class, he retained his title. He then announced his retirement by ceremoniously kissing the mat. He performed the oath for judges at the Moskva Olympics.
|1972-08-27||Olympic Games||Freestyle||Seniors||+ 100.0||URS||1.|