November 15, 1987 |
|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. 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. He publicly announced that he no longer wanted to represent Georgia and moved to Poland afterwards.
He was granted Polish citizenship in December 2009; he now represents Poland.
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