Rəşid Məmmədbəyov

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRəşid•Məmmədbəyov
Used nameRəşid•Məmmədbəyov
Other namesRashid Karabek-Ogly·Mamedbekov, Рашид Карабек-Оглы Мамедбеков
Born28 February 1927 in Şağan (AZE)
Died4 December 1970 in Bakı (AZE)
AffiliationsIskra Bakı, Bakı (AZE)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Azerbaijan
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


On 23 July 1952, Rəşid Məmmədbəyov became the first Azerbaijani athlete to win an Olympic medal, when he defeated Khashaba Jhadav of India in the sixth round of freestyle bantamweight but lost to Shohachi Ishii of Japan in the final round to earn a silver medal. The 1952 Olympics were his only international tournament. Domestically, Məmmədbəyov never won a Soviet title, but won five freestyle bantamweight silvers (1947, 1949, 1953, 1954, 1956). Since 2009 an international youth tournament in wrestling has been held in his honor in Bakı, Azerbaijan.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Summer Olympics Wrestling URS AZE Rəşid Məmmədbəyov
Bantamweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver


Date of birth/death also seen as 29 August 1927 - 26 December 1971.