Arsen Kasabiev

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Arsen Kasabiev
Personal information
Nationality Ossetian
Born (1987-11-15) November 15, 1987 (age 29)
Tskhinvali, Georgia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 94 kg (207 lb)

Arsen Kasabiev (Georgian: არსენ კასაბიევი; Russian: Арсен Касабиев) born November 15, 1987 in Tskhinvali, South Ossetia) is a Polish-Georgian weightlifter of Ossetian origin. At the 2004 Summer Olympics he placed 14th. At the 2008 Summer Olympics he originally placed fourth, but due to the doping faillure of Ilya Ilyin and Khadzhimurat Akkaev, he placed second.[1] At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, PR China he initially gained attention for being from South Ossetia due to the 2008 South Ossetia war.[2] He publicly announced that he no longer wanted to represent Georgia and moved to Poland afterwards.[3]

He was granted Polish citizenship in December 2009;[4] he now represents Poland.

He represented Poland at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in the event Weightlifting Men's 94 kg.[5] He did not finish due to an injury.


  1. ^ BBC
  2. ^ International Herald Tribune
  3. ^ Арсен Касабиев -
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Men's 94kg". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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