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Borodow, Andy

Andrew Mark Borodow


Country Represented:

Years Competed:
1988, 1992, 1996

Olympic Info:
At 5'10", 286-pounds, Borodow is one of the largest Jewish athletes in Olympic history, and he competed in three Olympiads for the Canadian wrestling team. Andy's first Olympic competition was at the 1988 Seoul Games, but he did not finish in the top eight places.

At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Borodow participated in the Greco-Roman competition in the super-heavyweight division (130-kg). After defeating Bonama Toure of Senegal (5-0) in the first round, Borodow advanced to the quarterfinals before becoming eliminated from the medal hunt. He then wrestled in the fifth place match and defeated Tian Lei of China, 12-0, to register the best result of his Olympic career.

Four years later, Borodow returned to his final Olympiad, the 1996 Atlanta Games, in the heavyweight division of the freestyle competition. He lost to American Bruce Baumgartner in his first match, and then defeated Igor Klimov of Kazakhstan in the consolation bracket. In his next match, Andy was eliminated from the competition when he lost to Petros Bourdoulis of Greece; Borodow officially finished in 14th place.

Career Highlights:
In the 1990s, Borodow was considered one of the world's best Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestlers. After competing in the 1985 and 1989 Maccabiah Games, Andy entered the World Championships in both the freestyle and Greco-Roman events. In Greco-Roman, he finished fifth in 1989, seventh in 1990, and ninth in 1995; in freestyle, he finished ninth in 1990 and tenth in 1993.

Borodow captured the gold medal in the freestyle super-heavyweight division at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. He took the silver in both the freestyle and Greco-Roman at the 1992 Pan American Games, and the bronze medal in the freestyle at the 1996 Pan American Games.

Andy also tried sumo wrestling and was quite successful in that discipline as well. He finished third in the heavyweight class at the 1993 and 1995 Sumo World Championships, and second in 1996.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. Sept. 16, 1969

Montreal, Canada

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