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Wrestling heroes

Chris Rinke - Canada
Brisbane 1982, Edinburgh 1986

Chris Rinke is a Canadian wrestling hero. Two Commonwealth golds and an Olympic bronze have seen to that. In the summer of 2001 he was inducted into the Canadian amateur wrestling Hall of Fame for his achievements.

Besides his medals Rinke was also six-time national champion and twice junior champion back in Canada.

 
Mohammed Bashir - Pakistan
Cardiff 1958, Perth 1962, Kingston 1966

Three Commonwealth golds spanning three Games and an Olympic bronze in 1960 make Bashir Pakistan's most successful ever wrestler.

Bashir was one of several Pakistani wrestlers who helped dominate the sport in the late fifties/early sixties.

 
Daniel Igali - Canada   Daniel Igali - Canada
Victoria 1994
 

Olympic gold medallist Daniel Igali will be looking to add to his precious metal collection at Manchester 2002. This will be Igali's second Commonwealth Games but his first for his adopted Canadian nation.

His record breaking wrestling record at University highlighted him as something special but it was his stunning achievement at Sydney 2000 that shot 'Dynamite' to world fame.

 
Richard Garrard - Australia
London 1934, Sydney 1938, Auckland 1950, Vancouver 1954

Amazingly appeared in four Commonwealth Games, spanning 20 years and a World War. Richard Garrard was rewarded by the Australians in the 1954 Games when he was his nation's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony.

There are few athletes who can match Garrard's appearance record and his three gold medals in lightweight category elevate him to one of the Games greatest achievers.

 
Andrew Borodow - Canada   Andrew Borodow - Canada
Victoria 1994
 

Super heavyweight Andrew Borodow has a Commonwealth gold proudly displayed next to an Olympic gold. Throw in a couple of world titles and an Outstanding Wrestler award and you have a man who has reached the pinnacle of his sport.

Borodow has also tried his hand at sumo wrestling finishing second in the world championships in 1996.

 
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