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Husein Mehmedov
Personal information
Nationality Turkish And Bulgarian
Born(1924-01-25)25 January 1924
Razgrad, Bulgaria
Died9 March 2014(2014-03-09) (aged 90)
Istanbul, Turkey
OccupationOlympic wrestler
Medal record
Representing   Bulgaria
Men's freestyle wrestling
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1956 Melbourne Heavyweight
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1957 Istanbul Heavyweight
World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 1956 Istanbul Heavyweight
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1957 Moscow Heavyweight
Men's Greco-Roman wrestling
World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 1956 Istanbul Heavyweight
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1955 Warsaw Heavyweight
Bronze medal – third place 1957 Moscow Heavyweight

Husein Mehmedov ( Bulgarian: Хюсеин Мехмедов) (25 January 1924 – 9 March 2014) [1] was a Bulgarian wrestler of Turkish descent who competed in the 1956 Summer Olympics. [2] [3]

Husein Mekhmedov was of the Turkish minority in Bulgaria, and as wrestling is Turkey’s national sport, he was introduced to wrestling at a young age. Mehmedov competed at heavyweight his entire career and was equally strong at both styles of wrestling. He was selected for the Bulgarian national team in 1950 after his military service with the Bulgarian Army. Mehmedov had a brief but quite successful international career. He first competed internationally at the 1955 World Student Games, winning gold in Greco-Roman heavyweight. In 1956, he won bronzes in both Greco-Roman and freestyle at the World Cup and established himself as one of the medal contenders in both heavyweight styles at the 1956 Olympics. At Melbourne, Mekhmedov won silver in freestyle, but a few days later he had to withdraw from the Greco-Roman event after two bouts due to injury. In 1957, he won gold in freestyle and silver in Greco-Roman heavyweight at the World Student Games and later won bronze at the 1957 World Freestyle Wrestling Championships. Those World Championships were Mehmedov’s last international appearance, as he finished his competitive career in 1959. He then worked as a wrestling coach in Bulgaria until 1989, when he emigrated to Turkey. He settled in Istanbul, where he died in March 2014 at the age of 90. [2] Hussein Mehmedov was a beloved father to Resmiye Şengüler. Loving and proud grandpa to Mehnur Çakır, Hatice Şengüler, Hüseyin Çakır, and Ata Nuh.

References

  1. ^ "Mention of Husein Mehmedov's death". Karagozkoy.net (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 2014-03-14.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Yusein Mekhmedov". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 12 November 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Husein Mehmedov". Bulgarian Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 2014-07-26. Retrieved 22 July 2014.

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