Zhaqsylyq Üshkempirov

From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia

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Zhaqsylyq Üshkempirov (Template:Lang-kz; born 6 May 1951) is a retired light-flyweight Greco-Roman wrestler from Kazakhstan. He won an Olympic gold medal in 1980 and a world title in 1981.[1]

Ushkempirov took up wrestling in 1969 and won the Soviet title in 1975 and 1980. After retiring from competitions he worked as director of a sports school in Almaty in 1984–1993. In 1993 he founded the sports club Zhaksylyk and served as its president. Since 2001, an annual junior wrestling tournament has been held in Almaty in his honor.[1]


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