Oleg Nikolayevich Karavayev (Russian: Олег Николаевич Караваев, 20 May 1936 – 23 August 1978) was a Soviet bantamweight Greco-Roman wrestler. He won the world title in 1958 and 1961 and an Olympic gold medal in 1960.[1][2]

Oleg Karavayev
Oleg Karavayev.jpg
Personal information
Born20 May 1936
Minsk, Belarusian SSR, Soviet Union
Died23 August 1978 (aged 42)
Minsk, Belarusian SSR, Soviet Union
Height161 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb)
SportGreco-Roman wrestling
ClubBurevestnik Minsk

He was Jewish.[3] Karavayev took up wrestling aged 16 and quickly became one of the most technically gifted Soviet wrestlers. Between 1956 and 1962 he rarely lost a bout, and won the Soviet title every year except for 1961. In 1964 he failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, and retired to become a wrestling coach, heading the Belorussian team through the late 1960s. From 1971 until his death he worked at his native sports society Burevestnik. In retirement he developed an alcoholism problem, which led to his death at the age 42. Since 1992, an annual wrestling tournament has been held in his honor in his native Minsk.[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b "Oleg Karavayev". sports-reference.com.
  2. ^ Karavaev, Oleg (URS). iat.uni-leipzig.de
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 April 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ «Легенда №17», белорусский вариант: о ком из наших можно снять фильм? interfax.by (21 May 2013)

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