He started wrestling
only after the Great
Patriotic War, in 1951,
by accident. Just three
months later took the
third place in the
Moscow. Three years
later, he won the
championship of the
USSR and became a
Master of Sport.
At the 1956 Summer Olympics in
Melbourne he fought in the weight
category over 87 kilograms.
In the first round he won Wilfred Dietrich
(Germany) by the decision of the
referees with the score 2-1;
in the second round he lost to Bertil
Antossonu by the decision of the
referees with the score 3-0;
He won in the third round due to the
absenteeism of the opponent (M.
in the fourth round he was not involved;
in the fifth round he won Adelmo
Bulgarelli (Italy) 3-0 and due to the
victory over Wilfried Dietrich (having an
equal number of penalty points) became
the Olympic champion.
Champion of the USSR in 1954 and 1957.
After finishing his sports career in 1964, started
coaching. Among his pupils is a famous wrestler
In 1967 he graduated from Moscow State Institute of
He acted in a Gestapo officer in the television series
"Seventeen Moments of Spring".
He died in 1993 in Moscow. He was buried in the
cemetery of the village Marinka in Voskresensk
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