Kazım Ayvaz (March 10, 1938 in Rize, Turkey – January 19, 2020) was a Turkish Olympic medalist sports wrestler in the Lightweight class and a trainer. He won the gold medal in Men's Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1964 Olympics and became World champion twice.
He was born 1938 in Rize of north-eastern Turkey. He began wrestling 1953 at his age of 15 in the "İstanbul Güreş İhtisas Kulübü", a club in Fatih, Istanbul specialized in wrestling.
He won the gold medal at the 1958 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest in 73 kg. Greco-Roman wrestling, ahead of silver medalist Grigory Gamarnik of the USSR and bronze medalist Valeriu Bularca of Romania.
Representing his country in Greco-Roman style wrestling, he participated at three consecutive Olympics in 1960, 1964 and 1968, however was successful only in Tokyo. From 1964 on, Kazım Ayvaz could not repeat his victorious matches. He retired from the active sports in 1969 and served from then on as a trainer in Sweden, where he emigrated after the 1968 Olympics.
He was married with three children. Ayvaz lived in Sweden.
1957 Adriatic Cup in Opatija, Yugoslavia – bronze (Greco-Roman Welterweight)
1958 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary – gold (Greco-Roman Welterweight)
1959 Balkan Wrestling Championships in Istanbul, Turkey – gold (Greco-Roman 73 kg)
1960 Balkan Wrestling Championships in Burgas, Bulgaria – silver (Freestyle 73 kg)
1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy – 4th (Greco-Roman Middleweight)
1962 World Wrestling Championships in Toledo, Ohio, U.S. – gold (Greco-Roman Lightweight)
1963 World Wrestling Championships in Helsingborg, Sweden – 17th (Greco-Roman Lightweight)
1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan – gold (Greco-Roman Lightweight)
1964 Balkan Wrestling Championships in Constanţa, Romania – silver (Greco-Roman Lightweight)
1966 European Wrestling Championships in Essen, Germany – 4th (Greco-Roman Lightweight)
1966, World Wrestling Championships in Toledo, Ohio, U.S. – 6th (Greco-Roman Lightweight)
1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico – 24th, injured (Greco-Roman Lightweight)
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