Igors Kostins

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Igors Kostins
Personal information
Full nameIgors Kostins
Nationality Latvia
Born (1981-11-27) 27 November 1981 (age 37)
Rīga, Latvian SSR
Soviet Union
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight96 kg (212 lb)
Sport
SportWrestling
StyleGreco-Roman
ClubDaugmale Riga
CoachAndrei Trubetzkoi

Igors Kostins (born November 27, 1981 in Rīga) is a retired amateur Latvian Greco-Roman wrestler, who competed in the men's heavyweight category.[1] Kostins represented his nation Latvia at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and has been training for more than 20 years at the Daugmale Wrestling Club in his native hometown Rīga, under his personal coach Andrei Trubetzkoi.

Kostins qualified for the Latvian squad in the men's 96 kg class at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens by receiving a berth from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.[2] He received two straight losses and a score of two technical points in a preliminary pool match against Uzbekistan's Aleksey Cheglakov and Turkey's Mehmet Özal, who later picked up the bronze medal in the knockout stages, finishing seventeenth out of twenty-two wrestlers.[3][4]

In 2011, Kostins turned himself professional as a mixed martial arts fighter, and had competed in numerous global tournaments, where he claimed grand slam heavyweight titles and was ranked among 250 wrestlers under the same division. One of his sporting highlights came in a full throttle match against former UFC titleholder Paul Buentello, where Kostins could not produce a stellar fight against the American and consequently, recorded his first ever defeat in sporting career.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Igors Kostins". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Olympic Qualifying Tournament: 2004-03-13 Tashkent (UZB) – Men's Greco-Roman 96kg". International Wrestling Database. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Wrestling: Men's Greco-Roman 96kg". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  4. ^ Andžs, Artūrs (25 August 2004). "Kostins zaudē arī otrajā cīņā" [Kostins also lost the second fight] (in Latvian). Apollo (Latvia). Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  5. ^ Eisaks, Janis (2 June 2013). "Igors Kostins arī revanša cīņā piekāpjas Polam Buentello" [Igors Kostins lost his revenge in a fight against Paul Buentello] (in Latvian). Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 21 May 2014.

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