Givi K'art'ozia

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGivi•K'art'ozia
Used nameGivi•K'art'ozia
Original nameგივი•კარტოზია
Other namesGivi Aleksandrovich Kartoziya, Гиви Александрович Картозия
Born29 March 1929 in Nakalakevi, Adjara (GEO)
Died3 April 1998 in Tbilisi, Tbilisi (GEO)
Measurements176 cm / 87 kg
AffiliationsIskra Tbilisi, Tbilisi (GEO) / Burevestnik Tbilisi, Tbilisi (GEO)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Georgia
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2


Georgian Givi K’art’ozia, the world’s best Greco-Roman middleweight wrestler in the 1950s, rose into prominence at the 1951 World Festival of Youth and Students, where he won gold in Greco-Roman middleweight. He also won Greco-Roman middleweight gold at the 1953 edition. In the 1950s K’art’ozia won almost everything there was to win internationally in Greco-Roman middleweight. He was the Olympic Champion in 1956 and won the 1956 World Cup and World titles in 1953, 1955 and 1958. Domestically, K’art’ozia was the Soviet Greco-Roman middleweight champion in 1952-55, while taking silver in 1956 and bronze in 1950 and 1951. Before the 1960 Olympics, K’art’ozia switched to the light-heavyweight class and won a bronze at the Games, retiring soon thereafter. Since 1966, after receiving a license from FILA, K’art’ozia has acted as an international wrestling referee. Since 2010, an annual international wrestling tournament in his honor has been held in Tbilisi.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1956 Summer Olympics Wrestling URS GEO Givi K'art'ozia
Middleweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1960 Summer Olympics Wrestling URS GEO Givi K'art'ozia
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze