Wilfried Dietrich

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Wilfried Dietrich
Medal record
Competitor for  Germany
Men's wrestling
Olympic Games
Gold 1960 Rome Freestyle Heavyweight
Silver 1956 Melbourne Greco-Roman Heavyweight
Silver 1960 Rome Greco-Roman Heavyweight
Bronze 1964 Tokyo Greco-Roman Heavyweight
Bronze 1968 Mexico City Freestyle Heavyweight
World Championships
Gold 1961 Yokohama Freestyle Heavyweight
Silver 1957 Istanbul Freestyle Heavyweight
Silver 1969 Mar del Plata Greco-Roman Heavyweight
Bronze 1962 Toledo Freestyle Heavyweight
Bronze 1962 Toledo Greco-Roman Heavyweight
European Championships
Gold 1967 Freestyle Heavyweight

Wilfried Dietrich (October 14, 1933 – June 3, 1992) was a German wrestler, Olympic Champion in freestyle wrestling, Olympic silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, winner of a total of five Olympic medals, World Champion in freestyle wrestling, and European Champion.

He was born in Schifferstadt and died in Durbanville, South Africa.

Sports career[edit]

Dietrich competed at the 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics, and won a total of five medals (one gold medal, two silver medals and two bronze medals).[1][2] This is more than any other Olympic wrestler in modern times.[1]

At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne Dietrich won a silver medal in Greco-Roman wrestling, behind Anatoly Parfyonov in the heavyweight class. He won a silver medal in freestyle wrestling at the 1957 FILA Wrestling World Championships in Istanbul. At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome he won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling, as well as a silver medal in Greco-Roman wrestling, again in the heavyweight class.[1] In Yokohama in 1961 he became World Champion in freestyle wrestling. At the World Championships in Toledo in 1962 he won bronze medals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo he won a bronze medal in Greco-Roman wrestling, in 1967 he won the European Championship (freestyle), and at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City he won a bronze medal in freestyle wrestling. At the 1969 FILA Wrestling World Championships in Mar del Plata he won a silver medal in Greco-Roman style. He also competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, where he placed fourth in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle wrestling. It was also at the 1972 Olympics that Dietrich suplexed the 198 kg heavy American Chris Taylor, it is one of the most memorable suplexes of all times.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Profile: Wilfried Dietrich". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Stats: Wilfried Dietrich". abc.net. Retrieved 9 March 2009.