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Osman Duraliev

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameOsman•Duraliev
Used nameOsman•Duraliev
Original nameОсман•Дуралиев
Born15 January 1939 in Vladimirovtsi, Samuil (BUL)
Died25 April 2011 in İstanbul (TUR)
Measurements185 cm / 125 kg
AffiliationsLudogorez Razgrad, Razgrad (BUL)
NOC(s) Bulgaria


Bulgarian freestyle wrestler Osman Duraliev is probably best remembered for winning 10 silver medals at major international competitions between 1967-72. These included Olympic silvers in 1968 and 1972, and four silvers each at the World and European Championships. In eight of these ten competitions he lost the final to Soviet great Aleksandr Medved. Duraliev came close to winning at the 1971 World Championships in Sofia, where he led the final match against Medved 4-3 with 43 seconds left, but Medved tied the score and won because of his lower body weight. After retiring from sports, Duraliev worked as a wrestling coach in Bulgaria. As an ethnic Turk, Duraliev emigrated to Turkey in 1989, settling in Istanbul, where he died at age 72.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1968 Summer Olympics Wrestling Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Bulgaria    
1972 Summer Olympics Wrestling Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Bulgaria