Abdulrashid Sadulaev

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Abdulrashid Sadulaev
Абдулрашид Садулаев
ГІабдулрашид Садулаев
Abdulrashid Sadulaev 2016.jpg
Personal information
Full nameAbdulrashid Bulachevich Sadulaev
Nickname(s)Tank
The countryman killer
NationalityRussian
Born (1996-05-09) May 9, 1996 (age 22)[1][2][3]
Tsurib, Charodinsky District, Dagestan, Russia
ResidenceShamkhal-Termen, Dagestan
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight86 kg (190 lb)
92 kg (203 lb) (2017–present)
97 kg (214 lb) (2015, 2017–present)
Website[1]
Sport
CountryRussia
SportWrestling
Rank№1 in the ranking UWW at 92kg №1 at 97kg
№1 P4P FloWrestling (2015)[4]
Grand Master of Sports
Event(s)Freestyle
ClubGamid Gamidov wrestling club
Urojai wrestling club
Sadulaev sport school
Coached byShamil Omarov, Magomed Magomedov, Anvar Magomedgadzhiev, Sazhid Sazhidov

Abdulrashid Bulachevich Sadulaev (Russian: Абдулрашид Булачевич Садулаев; Avar: ГІабдулрашид Булачил Садулаев; born 9 May 1996 in Dagestan) is a Russian freestyle wrestler of Avar descent.

Nicknamed the "Russian Tank,"[2][5] he is the 2016 Olympic Champion at 86 kg, a three time World Champion (2014, 2015, 2018), European Champion (2014), European Games Champion (2015), two time Cadet World Champion (2012, 2013), Golden Grand-Prix Champion, European Nations Cup winner, Yaşar Doğu winner, Wenceslas Ziolkowski Memorial winner and Alexander Medved International winner. Sadulaev became the 2014 World Champion in the 86 kg class at age 18, and Olympic champion at age 20.

He was undefeated in competition from November 2013 until August 2017. In 2014, Sadulaev was considered by many to be the most dominant wrestler in the world.[6][7] In August 2016, Sadulaev was the #1 ranked 86 kg competitor in the world, and was ranked as the #1 Pound-for-Pound wrestler in the world by Flo Wrestling.[8]

Background and personal life[edit]

Sadulaev was born in 1996 in the village of Tsurib, Charodinsky District, Dagestan, Russia. He belongs to the Avar ethnic group, he is from a devout Sunni Muslim family and is the youngest of four siblings. He did not start wrestling professionally until the age of 13, but quickly won a regional title and 300 ₽ ($4.69). After finishing the 11th grade, he began training in the Gamid Gamidov Wrestling club in Makhachkala, Dagestan's sports school of Olympic reserve. When he was 15 years old, he won the Cadet Freestyle Wrestling World Championships. Sadulaev only has two social networking accounts, on instagram and on vk. He stated that as he has no account on Twitter, other accounts existing there using his identity must be fake.[9]

Career[edit]

2014: World Champion, European Champion[edit]

Sadulaev's senior level debut was at the XLIII Ali Aliyev Memorial when he was 16 years old. He was defeated in the semifinals by Shamil Kudiyamagomedov, but ended up winning the bronze medal.[10] At the 2014 Russian National Championships, Sadulaev defeated Kudiyamagomedov and won his first national title. After the Russian Nationals, he participated at the 2014 World Wrestling Championships, where Sadulaev defeated Reineris Salas of Cuba 11–0 by technical fall.[11]

2015: World Champion[edit]

On 8 May 2015, Sadulaev won the Russian Freestyle Wrestling Nationals again and took part in the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, and World Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the Games he outscored four opponents 42–1 (4–0) by technical fall and won gold medal. On 11 September 2015, he won World Championships, in the final knocking down Koloi Kartoev (Selim Yaşar) of Turkey, overall scoring 47–2 (6–0) in the championships.[12] As a result he was given a Mercedes-Benz G-Class G63 and Toyota Land Cruiser 200 by Dagestani business magnate Gadzhiev brothers and Ziyavudin Magomedov.[13]

Sadulaev faced on 7 November wrestlers from Belarus, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Poland at the European Nations Cup (Alrosa Cup).[14] He beat number one Georgian wrestler Elizbar Odikadze via technical fall (11–0).

2016: Olympic Champion[edit]

Sadulaev with President Vladimir Putin at the Reception of the Russian medalists in the Kremlin

On 29 January, Sadulaev was expected to participate at the international tournament Golden Grand-Prix Ivan Yarygin 2016,[15][16] but he pulled out in late January citing a minor shoulder injury.

Sadulaev returned to wrestling in the U23 European Championships in Ruse, Bulgaria on 3 April,[17] and then he participated at the Wenceslas Ziolkowski Memorial XXV on 18 June 2016.[18] At the European Championships he defeated Stefan Reichmuth of Switzerland in the eightfinals, Hungarian Gergely Gyrits in the quarterfinals, Belarussian Aliaksandr Hushtyn in the semifinals and finally Georgian Irakli Mtsituri; all victories were by technical superiority. On 18 June, Sadulaev won the Wenceslas Ziolkowski Memorial LII, beating Aleksey Mushtin, teammate Omargadzhi Magomedov, István Veréb of Hungary, Sebastian Jezierzanski and Zbigniew Baranowski, both from Poland, by technical superiority.[19]

Sadulaev competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics without Russian Olympic Trials, that news was announced by the head coach of the Russian freestyle wrestling team Dzhambolat Tedeyev.[20] Sadualev beat István Veréb by technical superiority, then Pedro Ceballos of Venezuela by points, fellow countryman Sharif Sharifov of Azerbaijan and in the gold medal match Selim Yasar, 5–0.

After Sadulaev's return to Russia, he was greeted by a rowdy welcome victory in Moscow. The Olympic athletes were also given a reception of the Russian medalists in the Kremlin, with the traditional ceremonial meeting being presided by President Vladimir Putin. The champions received BMW luxury crossovers, with the BMW X6 luxury crossovers being awarded for the gold medalists.[21] Sadulaev was also greeted as a national hero in his native Dagestan.[22] Aside from receiving financial reward for his Olympic achievements, Dagestan's Head of the Region Ramazan Abdulatipov presented Sadulaev an Akhal-Teke horse (native to Turkmenistan), which has a reputation for having speed, endurance and intelligence, and is highly valued in Dagestan.[23]

2017: Weight class changes, WC runner-up, European Champion[edit]

Sadulaev competed in the Russian Nationals, defeating 2011 European runner-up Vladislav Baitcaev by decision (8–7). Sadulaev became the new Russian national champion in the 97 kg weight category. Before the final match he easily beat Yuri Belonovskiy, Umar Kudliev, Stanislav Gadzhiev and Tamerlan Rasuev by technical superiority.[24] As a result, Ingushetian president Yunus-bek Yevkurov bestowed him a Toyota Land Cruiser 200.[25]

At the World Championships, Sadulaev participated in the 97 kg weight category. En route he defeated Reineris Salas, Mateusz Filipczak, Elizbar Odikadze and Georgy Ketoyev. In the final he lost to Kyle Snyder in a close match. It was his first loss since 2013.

After that he debuted in the weight category 92 kg at the Golden Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin 2018. In the final match, he beat 2012 Olympic Champion and countryman Anzor Urishev.[26] At the European Championships he defeated his teammate Sharif Sharifov of Azerbaijan in the final match.

2018: World Champion, rematch against Snyder[edit]

On 3 August 2018, Sadulaev won his fourth national title at the Russian Nationals, knocking down Vladislav Baitcaev for gold by score (8–1).[27]

Sadulaev was chosen to represent Russia in his weight class for the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, facing countrymen Magomedgadzhi Nurov, Mamed Ibragimov, Magomed Ibragimov, who he all beat by technical fall. In the semi-final he defeated Elizbar Odikadze from Georgia, and in the final in a rematch he faced American Kyle Snyder, quickly knocking him down by fall.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • 2012 Cadet World Champion – 76 kg
  • 2012 Ali Aliyev Memorial Bronze Medalist – 84 kg
  • 2013 Cadet World Champion – 85 kg
  • 2014 Golden Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin – 86 kg
  • 2014 Golden Grand-Prix Yaşar Doğu – 86 kg
  • 2014, 2015 Russian National Freestyle Wrestling Champion – 86 kg
  • 2014 European Champion – 86 kg
  • 2014 Wenceslas Ziolkowski Memorial XXIII – 86 kg
  • 2014 World Champion – 86 kg
  • 2015 Alexander Medved International – 86 kg
  • 2015 European Games – 86 kg
  • 2015 World Champion – 86 kg
  • 2015 European Nations Cup (Moscow Lights-Alrosa Cup) – 97 kg
  • 2016 European Championships U23 – 86 kg
  • 2016 Wenceslas Ziolkowski Memorial LII – 86 kg
  • 2016 Summer Olympics – 86 kg
  • 2017 Russian National Freestyle Wrestling Champion – 97 kg
  • 2018 Golden Grand-Prix Ivan Yarygin – 92 kg
  • 2018 Dan Kolov & Nikola Petrov international – 92 kg
  • 2018 World Champion – 97 kg

Freestyle wrestling record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
Win 105–2 United States Kyle Snyder Fall; 1:10 October 23, 2018 2018 World Championships Hungary Budapest
Win 104–2 Georgia (country) Elizbar Odikadze Tech.Fall; 2:35 October 22, 2018
Win 103–2 Uzbekistan Magomed Ibragimov Tech.Fall; 4:51
Win 102–2 Kazakhstan Mamed Ibragimov Tech.Fall; 3:23
Win 101–2 Republic of Macedonia Magomedgadzhi Nurov Tech.Fall; 1:42
Win 100–2 North Ossetia-Alania Vladislav Baitcaev 8–1 August 3, 2018 2018 Russian Nationals Moscow Oblast Odintsovo, Moscow Oblast
Win 99–2 North Ossetia-Alania Batraz Gazzaev 11–2
Win 98–2 North Ossetia-Alania Georgy Gogaev 11–0
Win 97–2 Dagestan Zaynulla Kurbanov 5–0
Win 96–2 Azerbaijan Sharif Sharifov 2–1 May 5, 2018 2018 European Wrestling Championships Russia Kaspiysk
Win 95–2 Georgia (country) Irakli Mtsituri Tech. Fall; 5:10
Win 94–2 Ukraine Kyrylo Mieshkov Tech. Fall; 3:39
Win 93–2 Austria Dominic Peter Tech. Fall; 3:15
Win 92–2 Georgia (country) Irakli Mtsituri Tech. Fall; 3:36 March 23, 2018 Nikola Petrov and Dan Kolov international Bulgaria Sofia
Win 91–2 Belarus Ivan Yankouski Tech. Fall; 3:25
Win 90–2 Hungary Pavel Oleynik Tech. Fall; 4:44
Win 89–2 Moldova Nicolae Ceban 6–0
Win 88–2 Russia Anzor Urishev 6–0 January 28, 2018 Golden Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin 2018 Russia Krasnoyarsk
Win 87–2 United States Nicholas Heflin Tech. Fall; 2:17
Win 86–2 Mongolia Turtogtokh Luvsandorj Tech. Fall; 1:26
Win 85–2 Iran Abzar Eslami Tech. Fall December 7, 2017 World clubs cup 2017 Iran Teheran
Win 84–2 Kazakhstan Alisher Yergali Fall
Loss 83–2 United States Kyle Snyder 6–5 August 26, 2017 2017 World Wrestling Championships France Paris
Win 83–1 Armenia Georgy Ketoyev 2–0
Win 82–1 Georgia (country) Elizbar Odikadze Tech. Fall; 4:59
Win 81–1 Poland Mateusz Filipczak Tech. Fall; 4:10
Win 80–1 Cuba Reineris Salas 3–0
Win 79–1 North Ossetia-Alania Vladislav Baitcaev 8–7 June 14, 2017 2017 Russian Nationals Ingushetia Nazran, Ingushetia
Win 78–1 Chechnya Tamerlan Rasuev Tech. Fall; 2:51
Win 77–1 Leningrad Oblast Stanislav Gadzhiev Tech. Fall; 1:27
Win 76–1 Dagestan Umar Kudliev Tech. Fall; 0:57
Win 75–1 Krasnoyarsk Krai Yuri Belonovskiy Tech. Fall; 5:07
Win 74–1 Turkey Selim Yasar 5–0 August 20, 2016 2016 Summer Olympics Brazil Rio de Janeiro
Win 73–1 Azerbaijan Sharif Sharifov 8–1
Win 72–1 Venezuela Pedro Ceballos 5–0
Win 71–1 Hungary István Veréb Tech. Fall; 3:34
Win 70–1 Poland Zbigniew Baranowski Tech. Fall; 1:36 Jun 18, 2016 Wenceslas Ziolkowski Memorial LII Poland Dąbrowa Górnicza
Win 69–1 Poland Sebastian Jezierzanski Tech. Fall; 2:41
Win 68–1 Hungary István Veréb Tech. Fall; 4:25
Win 67–1 Belarus Omargadzhi Magomedov 7–1
Win 66–1 Belarus Aleksey Mushtin Tech. Fall; 3:25
Win 65–1 Georgia (country) Irakli Mtsituri Tech. Fall; 5:01 April 3, 2016 European Championship U23 Bulgaria Ruse
Win 64–1 Belarus Aliaksandr Hushtyn Tech. Fall; 3:27
Win 63–1 Hungary Gergely Gyrits Tech. Fall; 3:26
Win 62–1 Switzerland Stefan Reichmuth Tech. Fall; 1:59
Win 61–1 Georgia (country) Elizbar Odikadze Tech. Fall; 5:33 November 7, 2015 European Nations Cup 2015 (Moscow Lights) Russia Moscow
Win 60–1 Turkey Selim Yasar 6–0 September 11, 2015 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, NV
Win 59–1 Iran Alireza Karimi 6–2
Win 58–1 Bulgaria Mihail Ganev Tech. Fall; 2:34
Win 57–1 Mongolia Orgodolyn Üitümen Tech. Fall; 2:15
Win 56–1 Israel David Radchenko Fall; 0:30
Win 55–1 Japan Shinya Matsumoto Tech. Fall; 3:33
Win 54–1 Moldova Piotr Ianulov Tech. Fall; 1:38 June 18, 2015 2015 European Games Azerbaijan Baku
Win 53–1 Poland Radosław Marcinkiewicz Tech. Fall; 2:59
Win 52–1 Azerbaijan Nurmagomed Gadzhiev Tech. Fall; 5:28
Win 51–1 Italy Tudor Zuz Tech. Fall; 0:46
Win 50–1 Dagestan Shamil Kudiyamagomedov 4–0 May 8, 2015 2015 Russian Nationals Dagestan Makhachkala, Dagestan
Win 49–1 Dagestan Akhmed Magomedov 3–0
Win 48–1 Kabardino-Balkaria Anzor Urishev 7–0
Win 47–1 Kaliningrad Oblast Vyacheslav Sugako Tech. Fall
Win 46–1 North Ossetia-Alania Georgy Rubaev 5–0
Win 45–1 Belarus Aliaksandr Hushtyn Fall; 0:54 March 7, 2015 Alexander Medved International Belarus Minsk
Win 44–1 United States Richard Perry Tech. Fall; 1:55
Win 43–1 Moldova Piotr Ianulov Tech. Fall; 4:02
Win 42–1 Azerbaijan Haji Alijanov 5–0
Win 41–1 Belarus Evgeny Aliashkevich Tech. Fall; 3:10
Win 40–1 Cuba Reineris Salas Tech. Fall; 1:25 September 8, 2014 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent
Win 39–1 Kazakhstan Aslan Kakhidze Tech. Fall; 0:59
Win 38–1 Bulgaria Mihail Ganev Tech. Fall; 0:28
Win 37–1 Ukraine Dzhambul Tsitadze Tech. Fall; 2:27
Win 36–1 Turkey Selim Yasar 9–2
Win 35–1 Hungary István Veréb 12–4 August 3, 2014 Wenceslas Ziolkowski Memorial XXIII Poland Dąbrowa Górnicza
Win 34–1 Belarus Aliaksandr Hushtyn 8–3
Win 33–1 Poland Zbigniew Baranowski 8–3
Win 32–1 Iran Javad Mohammad Ebrahimi 9–3
Win 31–1 Poland Radosław Marcinkiewicz 3–2
Win 30–1 Dagestan Shamil Kudiyamagomedov 3–1 June 22, 2014 2014 Russian Nationals Sakha Republic Yakutsk, Sakha
Win 29–1 North Ossetia-Alania Soslan Ktsoyev 4–3
Win 28–1 Dagestan Dauren Kurugliev 4–0
Win 27–1 North Ossetia-Alania Albert Ikaev Tech. Fall
Win 26–1 Ingushetia Said Dakhkilgov Tech. Fall
Win 25–1 Belarus Murad Gaidarov 5–2 April 4, 2014 2014 European Wrestling Championships Finland Vantaa
Win 24–1 Hungary István Veréb Tech. Fall; 2:05
Win 23–1 Georgia (country) Dato Marsagishvili Tech. Fall; 4:52
Win 22–1 Romania Ștefan Gheorghiță Tech. Fall; 1:34
Win 21–1 Poland Sebastian Jezierzanski Tech. Fall; 1:29
Win 20–1 United States Phil Keddy Tech. Fall; 2:44 February 16, 2014 Golden Grand Prix Yaşar Doğu 2014 Turkey Istanbul
Win 19–1 United States Clayton Foster 6–2
Win 18–1 Turkey Ahmet Bilici 10–7
Win 17–1 Iran Jalal Zaman Tech. Fall; 5:59
Win 16–1 Iran Javad Mohammad Ebrahimi 8–2
Win 15–1 Russia Shamil Kudiyamagomedov 13–7 January 26, 2014 Golden Grand-Prix Ivan Yarygin 2014 Russia Krasnoyarsk
Win 14–1 Russia Soslan Ktsoyev 4–2
Win 13–1 Russia Anzor Urishev 4–2
Win 12–1 Russia Dauren Kurugliev 4–0
Win 11–1 Russia Shamil Katinovasov Tech. Fall
Win 10–1 Azerbaijan Alexander Gostiev 5–4 November 22, 2013 Memorial Heydar Aliyev 2013 Azerbaijan Baku
Win 9–1 United States Keith Gavin Tech. Fall; 5:05
Loss 8–1 Azerbaijan Gamzat Osmanov Tech. Fall
Win 8–0 Turkey Muhammed Enes Altun Fall; 0:46 August 24, 2013 2013 Cadet Wrestling World Championships Serbia Zrenjanin
Win 7–0 Azerbaijan Nurmagomed Gadzhiev Tech. Fall; 0:20 (2)
Win 6–0 Iran Hossein Shahbazi-Gazvar Tech. Fall; 1:51
Win 5–0 India Peaveen Praveen Tech. Fall; 0:59
Win 4–0 Ukraine Ruslan Ruchko 12–9 August 22, 2012 2012 Cadet Wrestling World Championships Azerbaijan Baku
Win 3–0 Mongolia Turmunkh Ganbold Tech. Fall; 1:35 (2)
Win 2–0 Japan Shota Shirai 9–2
Win 1–0 Tajikistan Faruh Sharipov Tech. Fall; 0:23 (2)

Reception[edit]

On June 2015, Sadulaev was voted best Russian sportsman of June at the TV project "Golden Pedestal" (on the now-defunct Rossiya 2), earning 55,6 % of votes and trumping Aliya Mustafina, who got 44,4 % of votes.[28][29]

References[edit]

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  28. ^ Садулаев — лучший спортсмен июня!
  29. ^ Борец Абдулрашид Садулаев признан лучшим российским спортсменом по итогам июня

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