Kazhimukanu Munaitpasov monument erected in the suburbs of Astana

ASTANA. KAZINFORM - In the village named Kazhimukan, Akmola region, a statue was erected in the memory of the famous Kazakh wrestler Kazhimukanu Munaitpasov.

The opening ceremony was attended by the head of the region Sergey Kulagin, Mayor of the Tselinograd district and the grandson of the famous wrestler Nurlan Kazhimukan.

The monument 3.6 meters high on the pedestal 3.2 meters long has been manufactured on the sponsorship funds.

"The erection of the monument in honor of Kazhimukan Munaitpasov exemplifies creative and patriotic upbringing of the younger generation," said in his congratulatory speech the Governor of the region S.Kulagin.

He expressed hope that the monument will become a Mecca for all athletes of Akmola region.

NOTE: Kazhimukan Munaitpasov was a Kazakh wrestler and repeated World Champion in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Kazhimukan Munaitpasov was born in 1871, in Karaotkyel village in Akmola Province, Russian Empire. He was 194 cm tall and weighed 139 kg. He fought in 54 countries, won 48 medals. One of the most important moments in his career was in 1910, when he was awarded the gold medal in Buenos Aires and became World Champion for the first time. One of his famous victories was the defeat of Japanese jiu-jitsu master Harakiki Jindofu, who did not survive the fatal injury of the spine he received during the fight. Several times he was not allowed to be in the Russian National team due to the Russian Empire's discriminatory policy, therefore he participated in international competitions on behalf of Manchuria with the Japanese name Yamagata Makhanura.

He died on August 12, 1948 in Lyeninskoe znamya kolkhoz (South Kazakhstan Province), without any disciples and learners and leaving his four wives in Turkestan. In 1980 a museum was opened in his honor. There are also Kazhimukan's streets in Almaty, Astana and Semey. Two Russian films were based on his life's history: Haji-Mukan (1978) and Know ours! (1985; starring Bakhytjan Esjanov, Gyeorgiy Khachaturovich and Aleksandr Pankratov-Chorny), according to Wikipedia.

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