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Medal record
Men's Freestyle Wrestling
Competitor for  Turkey
Olympic Games
Gold 1956 Melbourne, Australia Heavyweight
Silver 1960 Rome, Italy Heavyweight
Bronze 1964 Tokyo, Japan Heavyweight
World Championships
Gold 1957 Istanbul, Turkey Heavyweight
Silver 1959 Tehran, Iran Heavyweight
Silver 1961 Yokohama, Japan Heavyweight
Bronze 1963 Sofia, Bulgaria Heavyweight
World Cup
Silver 1956 Istanbul, Turkey Heavyweight
Bronze 1958 Sofia, Bulgaria Heavyweight
Mediterranean Games
Gold 1959 Beirut, Lebanon Heavyweight
Gold 1963 Naples, Italy Heavyweight
Balkan Championships
Silver 1960 Burgas, Bulgaria Heavyweight
Olympic medal record
Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling
World Championships
Bronze 1955 Karlsrıhe, Germany Heavyweight
Bronze 1958 Budapest, Hungary Heavyweight
Silver 1961 Yokohama, Japan Heavyweight
Bronze 1963 Helsingborr, Denmark Heavyweight
World Cup
Gold 1956 Istanbul, Turkey Heavyweight
Mediterranean Games
Gold 1959 Barcelona, Spain Heavyweight
Balkan Championships
Silver 1965 Yambol, Bulgaria Heavyweight

Hamit Kaplan (September 20, 1934, Hamamözü - January 5, 1976, Çorum), was a renowned Circassian - Turkish World and Olympic champion sports wrestler in the Heavyweight class. He won the gold, silver and bronze medal in Men's Freestyle Wrestling at three consecutive Olympic Games in 1956, 1960 and 1964.

Born in Hamamözü town in Amasya Province, he began wrestling as a youngster in the traditional Turkish sport Yağlı güreş (oil wrestling). Soon, he switched over to sports wrestling and became juniors champion in the Heavyweight class. Hamit Kaplan was admitted to the national team in 1954 and was trained by the renowned wrestler Celal Atik for his skill. Already at his age of 22, he represented Turkey at the World Championships held in Karlsruhe, Germany and ranked 3rd in the Greco-Roman style.

Besides three Olympic medals, he won many more titles at international competitions both in freestyle and Greco-Roman category. Hamit Kaplan, weighing 100 kg at his 1.90 m height, was a defensive wrestler, who finished much of his matches in draw.

Hamit Kaplan resigned after the 1964 Olympics, because he was no more match for his strong opponents like Hungarian István Kozma, Soviet Russians Alexander Iwanizki and Alexander Medwed. He was 175 times international for his country.

He died on January 5, 1976 at the age of only 41 following a traffic accident in Çorum. He was laid to rest in his hometown Hamamözü. A sports hall with 1,000 seats in Amasya and another small one in Hamamözü are named after him.[1]


External links


  1. ^ Governor of Amasya official website (Turkish)


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