Russian-born Ivan Popov, made history in 2010 by claiming the first Commonwealth Games wrestling gold medal for Australia in 32 years in the 120kg Greco-Roman division.
The 204cm wrestler then turned his attention to qualifying for the Olympic Games, which he did by claiming the bronze medal in the 130kg division at the African/Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Algiers, Algeria.
The son of Olympic bronze medallist 1988, 1987 World Champion and 1987 and 1989 European Champion Vladimir Popov, Ivan moved to Australia in 2003 to compete in the green and gold, but the 2016 Games became a reality when he won back-to-back Australian titles in 2015 and 2016.
The 33-year-old was unable to defend his title at the 2014 Commonwealth Games after it was announced that only freestyle divisions would be contested.
Popov’s brother, Vladimir junior is also an Australian Greco-Roman wrestler in the 85kg division and has also won a number of Australian titles. Popov lives in Melbourne with his wife, Olga.
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Wrestling - Greco-Roman
Omsk, Russian Federation
MELBOURNE, VIC, Australia
- 1st (Greco-Roman +130KG) 2016 African/Oceania Olympic qualifiers (Algiers, Algeria)
- 1st – (Greco-Roman +130KG) 2016 Australian National Championships (Melbourne, Australia)
- 1st – (Greco-Roman +130KG) 2015 Australian National Championships (Canberra, Australia)
- 1st – (Greco-Roman +120kg) 2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi, India)
- 2010 Commonwealth Games - 1st (120kg Greco-Roman )
- 2015 Australian National Champion
- 2016 African/Oceania Olympic Qualifier - 2nd
Vladimir Popov is a Soviet Union former wrestler (Father - Current)
- Before a competition I cut my hair really short.