Wim Ruska

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Wim Ruska
Wim Ruska 1968b.jpg
Wim Ruska in 1968
Personal information
Born (1940-08-29) 29 August 1940 (age 74)
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 94 kg (207 lb)
Sport Judo

Willem "Wim" Ruska (born 29 August 1940) is a retired judoka from the Netherlands. He is the only athlete to win two judo medals in one Olympics – in the heavyweight and absolute categories in 1972.[1]

He started mastering in Judo in 1960 and traveled to Japan for training. In the 1960s and 1970s he won seven European titles, five in the +93 kg category (1966–67, 1969, 1971–72) and two in the open category (1969 and 1972).[2] He furthermore won two world titles (1967 and 1971) and two Olympic titles.[1] His success at the 1972 Summer Olympics was overshadowed by the Munich massacre that took place days before.

He retired after the 1972 Olympics[1] and later took part in a number of style-vs.-style fights. In August 1976, he defeated Ivan Gomez in a vale tudo match in Brazil. He also faced pro wrestler Antonio Inoki on three occasions. However, his matches against Inoki are believed to have had a pre-determined outcome.[3]

Between 1976 and 1980, Ruska competed as a pro wrestler for the New Japan Pro Wrestling and World Wrestling Federation promotions. He had fourteen pro wrestling matches, in some of which he was the tag team partner of fellow judoka Allen Coage.[4]

In 2001 Ruska suffered a major stroke which left him physically disabled.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Ruska. Triomf en tragiek van een judokampioen. thomasrap.nl
  2. ^ Obtained results (dutch). Wimruska.nl. Retrieved on 2012-11-16.
  3. ^ The Chronogical Table of the 1st Martial Arts Boom. Asahi-net.or.jp. Retrieved on 2012-11-16.
  4. ^ Pro Wrestling profile. Profightdb.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-16.

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Ruska in 1968
Ruska with family in 1972