Birthday Anniversary of Great Kazakh Wrestler Kazhymukan Munaitpasov
April 7 is the 149th birthday anniversary of a great Kazakh wrestler and circus artist Kazhymukan Munaitpasov. He is the first Kazakh athlete to win the gold medal and become the World Champion in Greco-Roman wrestling. He also became a multiple winner of international and Soviet heavyweight championships of classic wrestling.
Here are five interesting facts about him to mark the birthday anniversary of the Kazakh wrestler:
Munaitpasov was taught wrestling by his grandfather Yernak, who was a master of wrestling himself. The father of Kazhymukan also was an athlete and often became a winner of wrestling fights.
During the Second World War, Munaitpasov raised funds to help the army by performing. He presented the front with a plane named after historical figure Amangeldy Imanov. But, despite all of the good things he had done for his country, at the end of his life he was left without any support from the local authorities and presumably died of pneumonia due to living in inhuman conditions.
The great Kazakh wrestler had several stage nicknames. He competed in international competitions for Manchuria under the Japanese name Yamagata Muhanura. He was also called ‘Cherniy Ivan’ (‘Black Ivan’) and after performing the hajj in 1912, he received the prefix Hajj to his name. Some other names include the Red Mask and the Black Mustafa.
When he was 20, Munaitpasov joined the circus and performed there for the first time.
His mom used to say that for the sake of fun betting he could eat a whole lamb or drink a full ladle of oil.
Akmola region to this day celebrates the birthday of its great descendant. The relatives of the famous Kazakh wrestler from his mother’s side live in his native village, which is now named after him - Kazhymukan.
“We celebrate Kazhymukan Munaitpasov’s birthday every single year. We organized a large-scale celebration on his 145th anniversary. Even his daughter, who is over 90 years old, along with her children came to our village from Russia for such an event. The large mosque named after Kazhymukan Munaitpasov will open in June this year. The mosque opening will be a good occasion for us to gather and honor our great ancestor once again,” said resident of Kazhymukan village Kanat Alpysbayev.