Abbas Jadidi

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Abbas Jadidi
Medal record
Competitor for  Iran
Men's freestyle wrestling
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta 100 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1998 Tehran 97 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Atlanta 100 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Ankara 130 kg
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Bangkok 97 kg
Silver medal – second place 2002 Busan 120 kg
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1993 Ulan Bator 100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1996 Xiaoshan 100 kg
Silver medal – second place 1992 Tehran 90 kg

Abbas Jadidi (Persian: عباس جدیدی‎‎, born January 13, 1969 in Tehran) is an Iranian wrestler who competed in the Freestyle Heavyweight (90–100 kg) category at the 1996 Summer Olympics, losing to Kurt Angle and winning the silver medal.[1] He was elected as a member of Tehran City Council in 2013 local elections.


  • Olympic Silver 1996 Atlanta
  • World Champion 1998
  • World Bronze 1995, 1999
  • World Cup Champion 1998
  • Asian Champion 1993, 1996, 1998


At the 1993 world championships, Jadidi defeated American Melvin Douglas. However, a post-event urinalysis revealed the presence of a banned substance, thus stripping him of his title.

Jadidi was once mentioned in a promo by Kurt Angle during his rivalry with Samoa Joe. Angle said he once wrestled an Iranian man during the 1996 Summer Olympics. He talked about doing the honourable thing, and giving the man a rematch; much like the rematch he gave Joe after he ended his undefeated streak. Jadidi was the former coach of Iranian Junior Freestyle champion, 2004 Olympic wrestler, former UFC and WEC fighter and American Combat Association co-owner Kamal Shalorus.


  1. ^ King, Peter. "Gripping Finish". Retrieved 2007-07-14. 

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