Iryna Merleni

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Iryna Merleni
Iryna Merleni, 2014.jpg
Merleni in 2014
Personal information
Native nameІрина Олексіївна
Мельник / Мерлені / Микульчин
Full nameIryna Oleksiyivna
Melnyk / Merleni / Mykulchyn
Born (1982-02-08) 8 February 1982 (age 36)
Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khmelnytskyi Oblast

Iryna Oleksiyivna Merleni (Ukrainian: Ірина Олексіївна Мерлені), née Melnyk (Мельник), married name Mykulchyn (Микульчин) (born 8 February 1982) is a Ukrainian wrestler, who competed in the – 48 kg weight class at the 2004 Summer Olympics and claimed the gold medal. In the same event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, she won a bronze medal. She is a three-time world champion, and won the European championship once.

Merleni was born in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khmelnytskyi Oblast. In February 2006, she married Andriy Mykulchyn, with whom she has two sons – Artur and Adam.


  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Iryna Merleni-Mykulchyn". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.