Kanatbek Begaliev

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Kanatbek Begaliev
Medal record
Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling
Olympic Games
Silver 2008 Beijing 66kg
World Championships
Silver 2006 Guangzhou 66 kg
Asian Championships
Bronze 2003 New Delhi 66 kg
Gold 2007 Bishkek 66 kg
Silver 2008 Jeju City 66 kg
1st World Qualification Tournament
Bronze 2012 Taiyuan (CHN) 66 kg
2nd World Qualification Tournament
Bronze 2012 Helsinki (FIN) 66 kg

Kanatbek Begaliev (born 14 February 1984 in Talas, Kyrgyz SSR) is a Kyrgyz wrestler who won the silver medal in the Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[1] After Athens 2004 where he was at 11th place he received invitation to Kazakh national team, which he accepted and also became Kazakhstan citizen. And he trained in Kazakhstan within Kazakh National team until it turned out that to Olympic qualification he was not eligible to represent Kazakhstan yet, and Kanat returned to Kyrgyzstan and qualified to Beijing 2008, where he wan Silver medal. Consequently, he said «Sure, I am always thankful to Kazakhstan, all Kazakh coaches and athletes who believed in me and shared with me their knowledge and skills. I trained there and played with them football. Thus part of this medal belongs to Kazakhstan»[2]

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