Mustafa Dağıstanlı

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMustafa•Dağıstanlı
Used nameMustafa•Dağıstanlı
Born11 April 1931 in Söğütpınar (TUR)
Died18 September 2022 in Antalya (TUR)
Measurements168 cm / 62 kg
NOC Türkiye

Biography

Mustafa Dağıstanlı took up wrestling at a young age, but started taking the sport more seriously while serving in the Turkish Naval Forces after World War II. A freestyle wrestler, he won his first national championship as a bantamweight in 1951 by defeating the 1948 Olympic champion Nasuh Akar. Akar’s presence, however, meant that Dağıstanlı had to wait until 1953 before he could represent Turkey internationally. One year later, however, he became World Champion in his event and then took gold again at the 1955 Mediterranean Games and the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Dağıstanlı then moved up to the featherweight division and won world titles in that category in 1957 and 1959. His final appearance came at the 1960 Rome Olympics, where he again took home a gold medal, after which he turned to coaching for the Turkish national team. He also entered politics and served as a representative from Samsun from 1973 through 1980 in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey as a member of the Justice Party.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Wrestling TUR Mustafa Dağıstanlı
Bantamweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1960 Summer Olympics Wrestling TUR Mustafa Dağıstanlı
Featherweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Special Notes