Marek Švec (wrestler)

Marek Švec (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmarɛk ˈʃvɛts]; born February 17, 1973, in Havlíčkův Brod) is an amateur Greco-Roman wrestler from the Czech Republic.[1] He is a three-time Olympian, and also, a multiple-time medalist at both the World and European Championships. He also won the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Marek Švec
Personal information
Nationality Czech Republic
Born (1973-02-17) 17 February 1973 (age 50)
Havlíčkův Brod, Czechoslovakia
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight96 kg (212 lb)
ClubPSK Olymp Praha (CZE)
Coached byErvin Varga
Medal record
Men's Greco-Roman wrestling
Representing  Czech Republic
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing 96 kg
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1998 Gävle 97 kg
Silver medal – second place 2006 Guangzhou 96 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Baku 96 kg
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Haparanda 96 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Moscow 96 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Vilnius 96 kg

Wrestling careerEdit

Švec, a native of Havlíčkův Brod from the former Czechoslovakia, started wrestling when he was a teenager, and was later admitted to PSK Olymp Praha, one of the most prominent wrestling clubs in the capital Prague, under his coach Ervin Varga. He eventually made his international debut in wrestling by competing in the heavyweight division at the 1994 European Championships, where he finished in fourteenth place. At the onset of his career, Svec struggled to manage his performance in front of the field, as he frequently placed below top-ten places in most of his qualifying tournaments.

In 1998, Svec achieved his first success in wrestling, when he won the silver medal, against Russia's Gogi Koguashvili at the World Championships in Gävle, Sweden. Following his major triumph, he improved further with skill, strategy, and training to qualify for the World and European Championships; however, he suffered numerous setbacks during the competition by placing farther from the medal podium. In 2004, Svec recaptured his success in the men's heavyweight division, after winning the bronze medal at the European Championships in Haparanda, Finland.

After long years of defeat and struggles in the competition, Švec finally managed to repeat his silver medal at the 2006 World Championships in Guangzhou, China, losing out to Estonia's Heiki Nabi by a technical score of 1–3. He also added bronze medals at the European Championships in Moscow and in Vilnius, and at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Olympic GamesEdit

In addition to his numerous achievements at both the World and European championships, Švec was one of two Greco-Roman wrestlers from the Czech Republic, along with David Vála, to compete at three Olympic games. He made his official debut at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where he achieved his first top-ten finish by placing eighth for the 90-kg category in men's Greco-Roman wrestling. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, Svec, however, suffered numerous setbacks during the preliminary pool in the men's 97-kg category. He lost to Garrett Lowney of the United States, without receiving any technical score, and Russia's Gogi Koguashvili, who previously defeated him at the World Championships two years before. With two losses and few technical points received in the preliminary pool, Svec dropped to last place, and eighteenth in the overall rankings.

Švec made an eight-year comeback at his third Olympics in Beijing, after winning a silver medal at the World Championships. He qualified for the men's 96-kg category, where he first defeated Kaloyan Dinchev of Bulgaria in the first preliminary round, and upset Georgia's Ramaz Nozadze, silver medalist from Athens, in the quarterfinal round, both with a classification point score of 3–1. Svec eventually fought against Russia's Aslanbek Khushtov in the semi-final round, but the latter received a technical fall to end a match, with an automatic score of 0–5.[2] Having lost in the semi-final round, Švec qualified for the bronze medal bout, but was defeated by Kazakhstan's Asset Mambetov, who earned more points than him in the second period of the match, with a three-point counter takedown, and two-point reverse exposure. Švec originally finished fifth in the overall rankings, tying his place with Han Tae-Young of South Korea.[3]

Asset Mambetov of Kazakhstan originally finished third, however in November 2016, it was announced that he tested positive for stanozolol.[4]

The medals were reawarded by FILA following this decision[5] and Švec was awarded his bronze medal in 2017.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Marek Švec". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Men's Greco-Roman 96kg (211.5 lbs) Semifinal". NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Men's Greco-Roman 96kg (211.5 lbs) Bronze Medal". NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  4. ^ "IOC sanctions 16 athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". IOC. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  5. ^ "IOC Sanctions Wrestlers for Anti-Doping Violations at Beijing 2008 and London 2012". FILA. Archived from the original on 28 December 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.

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