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


  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. 

External links[edit]

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5 news items

Bloody Elbow
Sun, 11 Aug 2013 06:02:59 -0700

Some extraordinarily good wrestlers have competed in major Japanese promotions, but three who would be high on this list - Rulon Gardner, Eldar Kurtanidze, and Karem Gaber - only fought once and I would like to avoid as many "one and done" fighters as ...
Bloody Elbow
Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:05:49 -0700

This is Eldar Kurtanidze of Georgia throwing Iran's Ali Reza Heidari in the world finals. The name of the game when hitting this move is a quick and complete body rotation by the thrower with the opponents arm pulled extremely tightly around the body.
Bloody Elbow
Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:01:26 -0700

They would point to freak show-ish exhibitions involving James Toney from boxing, Eldar Kurtanidze and Karem Gaber from wrestling, or Badr Hari from kickboxing. Those of this position would yell angrily (because MMA arguments are usually angry and ...
Bleacher Report
Mon, 30 Jul 2012 06:31:21 -0700

An Olympic gold medal is the ultimate goal for most of the world's best amateur athletes. It's awarded just once every four years, making it one of the rarest and most sought after of all athletic achievements. Winning one takes years of hard work ...
Wed, 20 Mar 2013 03:24:53 -0700

The most successful Lithuanian that year was definitely Ričardas Pauliukonis who, while competing in the 90kg division, recorded two large wins 12:0 & 11:0 only to be defeated by the eventual Georgian Bronze medallist Eldar Kurtanidze; a 9th place overall.

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