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Ahmet Ayık

Ahmet Ayık
Medal record
Men's Freestyle Wrestling
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1964 Tokyo, Japan 97 kg
Gold medal – first place 1968 Mexico City, Mexico 97 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1965 Manchester, England 97 kg
Silver medal – second place 1966 Toledo, Ohio, U.S. 97 kg
Gold medal – first place 1967 New Delhi, India 97 kg
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1966 Karlsruhe, Germany 97 kg
Gold medal – first place 1967 Istanbul, Turkey 97 kg
Gold medal – first place 1970 East Berlin, German DR 97 kg
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 1963 Naples, Italy 97 kg
Balkan Championships
Gold medal – first place 1964 Constanţa, Romania 97 kg
Adriatic Cup
Silver medal – second place 1962 Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia 87 kg
International Tournament
Gold medal – first place 1965 Georgian SSR 97 kg

Ahmet Ayık (born March 31, 1938 in Doğanşar, Sivas Province), is a former Turkish World champion and Olympic medalist sports wrestler in the Light heavyweight class (97 kg) and a sports executive. He won the silver medal at the 1964 Olympics in Men's Freestyle wrestling and the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics.

He was born in 1938 in Eskiköy, a village of Doğanşar district in Sivas Province in the eastern part of Central Anatolia as the sixth child of a poor family. Ahmet Ayık lost four of his siblings during the 1939 Erzincan earthquake. He began wrestling as a youngster in the traditional Turkish yağlı güreş (oil wrestling).

At age 13, he followed his brother to Istanbul, and joined first Şişli Youth Club and later Beşiktaş JK for sports wrestling. After winning the title of Turkish champion, he was admitted to the national team in 1962, and received training by the renowned wrestlers such as Yaşar Doğu, Celal Atik, Nasuh Akar and Bayram Şit. Besides his medals at two Olympic Games, Ahmet Ayık became two times World champion, two times European champion and won several titles at various international competitions. Ahmet Ayık defeated the legendary wrestlers like Gholamreza Takhti from Iran and Alexander Medved of Soviet/Belarus. He was the only wrestler in his time whom Alexander Medved was not able to beat.

He retired from the active sports after his second title of European champion in 1970. In 1980, Ahmet Ayık co-founded the Turkish Wrestling Foundation and became 1993 the chairman of this organization. Between 1996 and 2000, he served as the president of the Turkish Wrestling Federation. He is also a member of the board of International Wrestling Federation (FILA) since 1998.

Ahmet Ayık has been married since 1958 and has three children.



  • Olympics Database
  • Ahmet Ayık personal website (Turkish)
  • International Wrestling Hall of Fame

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