|Date de naissance : 27/09/1930
Lieu de naissance : Tehran, IRI
Nationalité : Iranien
Gholamreza Takhti is arguably Iran’s most popular and best known athlete. Takhti is still a hero to many Iranians across the world. He won Iran’s first ever gold medal in Olympics but mysteriously died on January 7th 1968, when he was only 37. Here is a brief look at Takhti’s life.
Gholamreza Takhti was born on Aug. 27, 1930 in Tehran and was raised in a poor family. He trained in a makeshift sports hall until he left Tehran to work as an oil worker.
After being drafted into the army he was introduced to freestyle wrestling. He won his first Iranian championship in 1950 and became the first Iranian wrestler to win an international medal when he took a silver medal in the world event in Helsinki in 1951 followed by a silver medal in the Helsinki Olympics.
Takhti started as a middleweight wrestler. In the 1952 Helsinki Olympics he was only 22 but managed to grab the silver medal in the 79kg weight category.
Four years later in Melbourne he went one better and alongside his fellow countryman Emam-Ali Habibi became the first Olympic gold winner for the country, standing top in the 87kg bouts.
He snatched two world golds and one silver in Tehran, Yokohama, and Toledo, Ohio, in 1959, 1961, and 1962 respectively.
As he was getting heavier, he decided to move up to the next weight, 97kg, for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. But this proved tough for the great champion. The legendary Takhti remains the most celebrated wrestler in Iran's wrestling history.
Takhti died a suspicious death on January 7, 1968. At the time it was claimed that he committed suicide in his hotel room, but the popular opinion was one of political assassination by government forces.
|Date||Compétition||Style||Groupe d'âge||Catégorie de poids||Pays||Place|
|1964-10-11||Jeux Olympiques||Lutte Libre||Seniors||97.0||IRI||4.|
|1962-06-21||Championnat du Monde||Lutte Libre||Seniors||97.0||IRI||2.|
|1961-06-01||Championnat du Monde||Lutte Libre||Seniors||87.0||IRI||1.|
|1960-09-01||Jeux Olympiques||Lutte Libre||Seniors||87.0||IRI||2.|
|1959-10-01||Championnat du Monde||Lutte Libre||Seniors||87.0||IRI||1.|
|1958-08-25||Asian Games||Lutte Libre||Seniors||87.0||IRI||1.|
|1956-11-28||Jeux Olympiques||Lutte Libre||Seniors||87.0||IRI||1.|
|1954-05-22||Championnat du Monde||Lutte Libre||Seniors||87.0||IRI||5.|
|1952-07-20||Jeux Olympiques||Lutte Libre||Seniors||79.0||IRI||2.|
|1951-04-26||Championnat du Monde||Lutte Libre||Seniors||79.0||IRI||2.|