Bakhtiyar Artayev

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Bakhtiyar Artayev
Personal information
Full name Бақтияр Ғарифоллаұлы Артаев
Nationality  Kazakhstan
Born (1983-03-14) March 14, 1983 (age 31)
Taraz, Jambyl Province
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Sport
Sport Boxing
Rated at Welterweight / Middleweight

Bakhtiyar Karipullauly Artayev (Kazakh: Бақтияр Ғарифоллаұлы Артаев ; born March 14, 1983 in Taraz, Kazakhstan) is a Kazakh boxer who won the only Gold medal for Kazakhstan in the men's welterweight division (– 69 kg) at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He was also the Winner of the Val Barker Trophy for the outstanding boxer of the 2004 Olympics Games. After the 2004 Summer Olympics he became a living legend of boxing in Kazakhstan; one of the Taraz sport centres was named after him and a book was written. In 2012 he was appointed as a president of the Astana Presidential Sports Club.[1]

Career[edit]

The first tournament that Bakhtiyar won was the regional children's tournament under his coach Nurlan Akurpekov, who still coaches Artayev today. Before the 2004 Summer Olympics he tended to play second fiddle in the Kazakhstan boxing team, fighting only in Kazakhstan amateur tournaments. Nevertheless, he participated in 2003 World Amateur Boxing Championships, where he lost in the quarterfinals. Before the 2004 Summer Olympics he had not been considered as a favourite in a welterweight division. He qualified for the Athens Games by ending up in first place in the 2nd AIBA Asian 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Karachi, Pakistan. In the final he defeated Iran's S Karimi Ahmedabad. Surprisingly, in Athens he easily got into semi-finals where he defeated two time Olympic champion, Oleg Saitov from Russia. In the final, Bakhtiyar defeated a Cuban boxer Lorenzo Aragon, who had not been beaten for a year and a half.

He won the bronze medal at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Mianyang, China and went up to middleweight.

Artayev's results were as follows:

the 2004 Summer Olympics:

the 2007 World Championship:

the 2008 Summer Olympics:

References[edit]

  1. ^ President's sport club opened in Astana