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Ľuboš Čikel (born December 4, 1975 in Trenčín, Czechoslovakia) is a retired amateur Austrian freestyle wrestler, who competed in the men's lightweight category.[1] He finished ninth in the 60-kg division at the 2003 World Wrestling Championships in New York City, New York, United States, and later represented his nation Austria at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Throughout his sporting career, Cikel trained full-time for AC Wals Wrestling Club in Wals-Siezenheim, under his personal coach Max Aussenleitner.[2] Being born in the former Czechoslovakia, Cikel also holds a dual citizenship with Slovakia to compete in numerous wrestling tournaments.

Lubos Cikel
Personal information
Full nameĽuboš Čikel
Nationality Austria
Born (1975-12-04) 4 December 1975 (age 43)
Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Sport
SportWrestling
StyleFreestyle
ClubAC Wals
CoachMax Aussenleitner

Cikel qualified for his naturalized Austrian squad in the men's 60 kg class at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens by receiving a berth and placing ninth from the World Championships.[3] He lost his opening match to South Korea's Jung Young-Ho in a tough, 4–5 sudden-death decision, but dismantled Uzbek wrestler, three-time Olympian, and 1999 world bronze medalist Damir Zakhartdinov into the ring with an astonishing 6–5 victory. Facing off against Japan's Kenji Inoue on his final bout, Cikel could not easily attack his opponent inside the mat, and lost the match with only nineteen seconds ahead of time because of the ten-point superiority limit. Finishing third in the prelim pool and eighth overall, Cikel's performance fell short to put him further into the quarterfinals.[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Lubos Cikel". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Ringen: "Großer Preis von Zypern" geht an Lubos Cikel" [Wrestling: "Grand Prix of Cyprus" goes to Lubos Cikel] (in German). Salzburg24.at. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  3. ^ Abbott, Gary (15 July 2004). "Olympic Games preview at 60 kg/132 lbs. in men's freestyle". USA Wrestling. The Mat. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 60kg". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Ringen: Cikel und Valach gescheitert" [Wrestling: Cikel and Valach failed] (in German). Der Standard. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2014.

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