Roman Rurua

Roman Rurua (Georgian რომან რურუა; born November 25, 1942 in Muchurtscha at Martwili, Samegrelo ) is a former Soviet wrestler from Georgia. He was Olympic champion in 1968, 1966, 1967 and 1969, he was world featherweight champion, 1970 at featherweight.


He grew up on the Georgian Rajon Martwili. In school, he began as a teenager with the rings, the then National Sports of Georgia. He won prizes at the Children 's and Youth. At 18, he was delegated to the club Kolmeurne Tbilisi.

In 1961, he stepped on the international stage Ringer in appearance than he against Czechoslovakia the Czechs Jiří Švec shouldered in an international match Georgia. Since 1962, he finished at the Soviet Championships in Greco-Roman wrestling in the spring weight and later in front of the lightweight class seats. In 1964 he was the first time Soviet champion and won through against the world champions from previous Konstantin Wyrupajew and Gennadi Sapunov by. The reward was the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964. There he struggled with five victories to in the final against Hungary Imre Polyák by, against whom he wrestled draw. Since he was charged in the preliminaries with a missing dot over Polyák, but he had to settle for the silver medal.

Four years later, at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, but he took then to the Olympic gold medal in the Featherweight, Greco-Roman style, with six wins and a draw. Also in World Championships, he fought very successful. 1966, 1967 and 1969, he won the featherweight title in 1970 in the lightweight. When he finished only sixth place at the World Championships in 1971, he resigned from the international competitive sport.

After the end of his career Ringer Roman Rurua studied at Georgian Polytechnic Institute in Tbilisi and graduated as a technology engineer. After the political changes in the Soviet Union, which brought the independence of Georgia, he worked as a politician in the industry IWSG Party and is a Member of Parliament. He is also President of the National Olympic Committee of Georgia. For his contributions to the sport wrestler he was taken in September 2010 in the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame.


(OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championship, GR = Greco-Roman style, Fe = Featherweight, Lightweight = Le, then to 62 kg or 68 kg body weight)