Ilham Zakiyev

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Ilham Zakiyev
Ilham Zakiyev at 2008 Paralympics.jpg
Personal information
Native name İlham Əzizağa oğlu Zəkiyev
Full name Ilham Azizaga oglu Zakiyev
Nationality Azerbaijani
Ethnicity Azerbaijani
Born (1980-03-03) March 3, 1980 (age 37)
Sumgayit
Education School N5 in Sumgayit
Sport
Country Azerbaijan
Sport Paralympic judo
Disability Blind
Disability class B1
Coached by Ibragim Ibragimov
Updated on 31 March 2015.

Ilham Azizaga oglu Zakiyev (Azerbaijani: İlham Zəkiyev, born 3 March 1980, Sumgayit) is an Azerbaijani blind judoka. He began studying judo when he was 11 years of age. In 1998, when he was 18, he went to serve in Azerbaijani army in the Aşağı Əbdürrəhmanlı village of Fizuli Rayon. He served on the frontline of the conflict zone. On 4 February 1999, he was wounded by a bullet to the head by an Armenian sniper, while on a combat mission. The bullet passed through the entire head, entering from the left and exiting via the right temple. As a result, Zakiyev has completely lost his eyesight. After a long rehabilitation he returned to the sportç but as a Paralympian. He is the holder of a 6-dan black belt.[1]

He won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Paralympics[2] and the 2008 Beijing Paralympics in the +100 kg division.[3] Zakiyev has been European champion six times, and has twice been the World champion.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Zakiyev received the Shohrat Order for his services in the development of Azerbaijani sport.[5]

He is an avid supporter of Neftchi Baku.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The IJF Honors Great Champions and Coaches in Baku
  2. ^ "Results, 2004". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Results, 2008". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Goda, Nicholas. "Azerbaijan judokas target further success in Rio". www.paralympic.org. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Azerbaijani President confers order on Ilham Zakiyev". en.trend.az. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cüdo üzrə ikiqat paralimpiya çempionu İlham Zəkiyev də "Neftçi"yə dəstək oldu". www.olimpiya.az (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 8 November 2014.