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Eldar Kurtanidze
Medal record
Men's Freestyle wrestling
Competitor for  Georgia
Olympic Games
Bronze 1996 Atlanta 90 kg
Bronze 2000 Sydney 97 kg
World Championships
Silver 1993 Toronto 90 kg
Bronze 1997 Krasnoyarsk 97 kg
Gold 2002 Tehran 96 kg
Gold 2003 New York City 96 kg
Silver 2005 Budapest 96 kg
European Championships
Silver 1993 Istanbul 90 kg
Silver 1995 Fribourg 90 kg
Gold 1996 Budapest 90 kg
Gold 1997 Warsaw 97 kg
Gold 1998 Bratislava 97 kg
Bronze 1999 Minsk 97 kg
Gold 2001 Budapest 97 kg
Silver 2002 Baku 96 kg
Gold 2005 Varna 96 kg
Bronze 2006 Moscow 120 kg

Eldar "Luka" Kurtanidze (Georgian: ელდარ [ლუკა] კურტანიძე) (born April 16, 1972) is a Georgian wrestler and the Georgian Dream political activist. He has served as the President of the Wrestling Federation of Georgia since December 2012 and Head of Physical Training at the Georgian Police Academy since January 2013.[1]

Wrestling career[edit]

Kurtanidze has been a senior professional freestyle wrestler since 1992. He was a bronze medalist in both the Men's Freestyle 90 kg at the 1996 Summer Olympics and also Men's Freestyle 97 kg at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He also competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, but was eliminated early. In addition to his Olympic bronzes, he has two gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze medal from the FILA Senior World Championships. He has received five gold medals, three silver medals, and two bronze medals from the FILA Senior European Championships. In 2006 he raised his weight to compete in the 120 kg class. He made his mixed martial arts debut at the Pride Fighting Championships show on December 31, 2006 against veteran MMA fighter and former amateur wrestler Kazuyuki Fujita. He was defeated via submission (strikes) at 2:09 of round 1.

Political activism[edit]

Kurtanidze became involved in the politics of Georgia since 2011. As an ally of the opposition leader Nino Burjanadze he took part in the May 2011 rally against the government of President Mikheil Saakashvili. During the rally, he was involved in a clash with police and was severely beaten up. In 2012, he joined the Georgian Dream coalition led by the billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili after whose accession to premiership after the 2012 parliamentary election Kurtanidze became the president of Georgia's Wrestling Federation and Head of Physical Training at the Georgian Police Academy. He has been accused of resorting to physical violence against his opponents in the Wrestling Federation.[2][1]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0-1 Japan Kazuyuki Fujita Submission (strikes) Pride Shockwave 2006 December 31, 2006 1 2:09

Senior wrestling international competition medals and rankings received[edit]

2009

August 29: World Beach Wrestling Championship, 85+ kg = 2nd place

2008

June 27: Golden Grand Prix, 120 kg = 7th place

2007

March 22: World Cup, 96 kg = 4th place

2006

September 25: World Championship, 120 kg = 10th place

June 23: Golden Grand Prix, 120 kg = Bronze

April 29: European Championship, 120 kg = Bronze

March 11–12: Uzbekistan Independence Cup Golden Grand Prix, 120 kg = Bronze

2005

September 26: World Championship, 96 kg = Silver

April 12: European Championship, 96 kg = Gold

2004

August 26: Olympic Games, 96 kg = 8th place

2003

November 9: FILA Absolute Championship, 96 kg = 5th place

September 12: World Championship, 90 kg = Gold

May 1: European Championship, 96 kg = 5th place

2002

September 5: World Championship, 96 kg = Gold

May 1: European Championship, 96 kg = Silver

2001

November 22: World Championship, 97 kg = 5th place

April 19: European Championship, 97 kg = Gold

2000

September 28: Olympic Games, 97 kg = Bronze

April 6: European Championship, 97 kg = 9th place

1999

October 7: World Championship, 97 kg = 6th place

April 15: European Championship, 97 kg = Bronze

1998

September 7: World Championship, 97 kg = 6th place

May 7: European Championship, 97 kg = Gold

1997

August 29: World Championship, 97 kg = Bronze

May 6: European Championship, 97 kg = Gold

1996

July 30: Olympic Games, 90 kg = Bronze

March 21: European Championship, 90 kg = Gold

1995

August 10: World Championship, 90 kg = 8th place

January 1: European Championship, 90 kg = Silver

1994

August 24: World Championship, 90 kg = 10th place

April 8: European Championship, 90 kg = 6th place

1993

August 25: World Championship, 90 kg = Silver

January 1: European Championship, 90 kg = Silver

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Modebadze, Salome (1 February 2013). "President of the Georgian Wrestling Federation accused of physical assault". The Messenger Online. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Bigg, Claire; Kevanishvili, Eka (3 February 2013). "Wrestlers' Alleged Beating Reveals Political Underbelly Of Georgian Sports". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 

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