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World Champions who never won an Olympics?

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I really can't think of many.  

 

Kayaalp?  I know he beat Lopez at Worlds but hasn't won an Olympics.  

 

Gogi Kougashvili won worlds 4 times but I don't think he ever won an Olympics.  Maybe got bronze?

 

Bill Zadick and Joe Warren from the US.  

 

Any others?

 

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There has to be dozens and dozens.

 

Some who immediately come to mind:

 

Denis Tsargush, Russia: 3x World champ, Olympic bronze

Haji Aliyev, Azerbaijan: 3x World champ (at non-Olympic weights), Olympic bronze

Terry Brands, USA: 2x World champ, Olympic bronze

Vougar Orudzov (Cornell greyshirt Vito Arujau's father, despite different last name spelling), USSR: 2x World champ, Olympic bronze

Sajid Sajidov, Russia: 2x World champ, Olympic bronze

Alexis Vila, Cuba: 2x World champ, Olympic bronze

Zeke Jones, USA: 1x World champ, Olympic silver

Yoel Romero, Cuba: 1x World champ, Olympic silver

Murtazaliev, Russia: 1x World champ, Olympic bronze

Jongshin Kim, South Korea: 1x World champ, Olympic silver

Alexis Rodriguez, Cuba: 1x World champ, Olympic bronze

Stephen Neal, USA: 1x World champ

Les Gutches, USA: 1x World champ

Logan Stieber, USA: 1x World champ (at non-Olympic weight)

Ketag Tsabolov, Russia: 1x World champ (at non-Olympic weight)

 

The list has to be really long if these guys come to mind within seconds of thinking about it.

 

The  much better question is who are the Olympic champs who never won a non-Olympic world championship? The only guys who immediately come to mind are Cael and Kendall Cross, but I'm sure there are several.

Edited by wrestlingnerd

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Regarding Olympic champions who never won worlds, Brandon Slay sticks out.  Part of that though is because he immediately retired and never wrestled again.  Cael Sanderson too, silver in 2003 and 5th in 2011.  I still think Sanderson would have been a big threat to win in 2012 had he decided to keep going.  

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4 that were clearly amongst the greatest who have never won the Olympics. I will only name ones that were not listed in the posts thus far in this topic. The Late Besik Kudukhov (RUS), Ibragim Aldatov (UKR), Zaurbek Sokhiev (UZB), Reza Yazdani (IRI). They all had been World Champions. Now Aldatov, Sokhiev, Yazdani were deep down amongst the greatests never to even win an Olympic Medal. At least Kudukhov did.

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There are 1-2 not mentioned yet

Yuki Takahashi, Zurabi Iakobishvilli, Frank Chamizo (2x), Gino Petriashvilli, Magomedrasul Gazimagomedov, Kyong-Il Yang (2x), Abdusalam Gadisov, Hassan Rahimi, Bekkhan Goygereev, Ibragim Aldatov (2x), Reza Yazdani (2x), Viktor Lebedev (2x), Mehdi Taghavi (2x), Aleksey Shemarov, Sushil Kumar, Mihail Ganev, Khetag Gazyumov, Zaurbek Sokhiev, Biylal Makhov (3x), Radoslav Velikov, Morad Mohammadi, Dilshod Mansurov (2x), Alan Dudaev, Aydin Polatci, Arif Abdullayev, Irbek Farniev, Eldar Kurtanidze (2x), Rene Montero, Aram MArgaryan, Medi Hajizadeh, Herman Kontoyeu, Guivi Sissaouri, Serafim Barzakov, Nicolay Paslar, Georgi Gogchelidze

And that's just in the 2000s

 

Olympic Champs who never won Worlds

Djamal Otarsultanov, Tohgrul Asgarov, Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, Henry Cejudo, Shirvani Muradov, Bakhtiyar Akhmedov, Yandro Quintana, Namig Abdullayev, Mourad Oumakhanov, Il Kim (2x, that's rare), Vadim Bogiyev

 

North Korea's Il Yang has to be the only 2x Olympic champion without a World title, at least in the modern era.

Edited by bwh27

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In '84 the only US Olympic champs who also won worlds were Mark and Dave Shultz. Who else won in '84? Banach  x2, Ray Lewis? 

Bruce B also won in 84 and also won worlds later. the other 84 winner was Bobby Weaver who never won worlds (2nd was best). as you noted the Banachs and Randy Lewis never won world titles, Lewis came closest I think with a 4th in '82 (I think that year is right, the year they were in Edmonton) 

Edited by KTG119

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Also,

 

Burroughs

Snyder

Baumgartner

D Schultz

M Schultz

Tom Brands

Kevin Jackson

John Smith

Dan Gable

Wayne Wells

Kurt Angle

Lee Kemp - 3 world championships part of boycott team in 1980.

 

Got these from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_results_in_men%27s_freestyle_wrestling

 

There may be more but that is what I could find. 

 

mspart

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Also,

 

Burroughs

Snyder

Baumgartner

D Schultz

M Schultz

Tom Brands

Kevin Jackson

John Smith

Dan Gable

Wayne Wells

Kurt Angle

Lee Kemp - 3 world championships part of boycott team in 1980.

 

Got these from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_results_in_men%27s_freestyle_wrestling

 

There may be more but that is what I could find. 

 

mspart

add Kenny Monday. and as much as we all might want it to be, can't give Lee Kemp the gold from boycott year. NA here, sadly.  

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