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Valery Rezantsev

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameValery Grigoryevich•Rezantsev
Used nameValery•Rezantsev
Original nameВалерий Григорьевич•Резанцев
Born8 October 1946 in Novomoskovsk, Tula (RUS)
Measurements176 cm / 90 kg
AffiliationsDynamo Almaty, Almaty (KAZ)
NOC(s) Soviet Union
Ethnic nationKAZ

Biography

Valery Rezantsev, who did bicycle racing in his youth and took up wrestling in 1963, wrestled exclusively as a light-heavyweight in the Greco-Roman class. He won seven consecutive championships at the Olympics and World Championships in 1970-76, winning Olympic gold in 1972 and 1976, and World gold in 1970-71, and 1973-75. Rezantsev also won European championships in 1970, 1973, and 1974. He was Soviet champion from 1970-75. After finishing his sporting career, Rezantsev has worked as a wrestling coach. Since 2009 an annual youth tournament in his honor has been held in Taganrog, Russia. In 2003, Rezantsev was one of the first ten inductees elected to the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1972 Summer Olympics Wrestling Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Soviet Union    
1976 Summer Olympics Wrestling Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Soviet Union