Leri Khabelov

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Leri Khabelov
Medal record
Men's Freestyle wrestling
Olympic Games
Representing Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Freestyle (100 kg)
Representing  Soviet Union
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul Freestyle (100 kg)
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1985 Budapest 100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1987 Clermont-Ferrand 100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1990 Tokyo 100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1991 Varna 100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1993 Toronto 100 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Atlanta 130 kg

Leri Khabelov OLY (Georgian: ლერი ხაბელოვი, Russian: Лери Габрелович Хабелов) (born 5 July 1964) is a Georgian politician and a retired wrestler, formerly a Soviet Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling. In 2012, he was elected to the Parliament of Georgia on a ticket of the Georgian Dream party.

Sport career[edit]

An ethnic Ossetian,[1] Leri Khabelov was born in Tbilisi, then-Soviet Georgia in 1964. His achievements included being the Champion of the XXV Olympic Games (1992 Barcelona), second-prize winner of the XXIV Olympic Games (1988 Seoul), five-fold World Champion (1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993) and third-prize winner (1995), four-fold European Champion (1985, 1987, 1988, 1992), winner of the World Cup (1991), World Champion among boys (1982)and youths (1983), three-fold Champion of the USSR (1985, 1987, 1988), Champion of the IX USSR Peoples Spartaciads (1986). From 1993 to 1996, he contested for the Russian Federation. For his contribution to the sports, he has been granted the title of Honored Master of Sports by the Soviet Union and the Vakhtang Gorgasali Order, 2nd Class, and the Order of Honor by Georgia.[2] He has been a vice-president of the Georgian National Olympic Committee from 2000 to 2007 and deputy chairman of the Sports Department of Georgia from 1998 to 2004.[3] Khabelov is the President of the Georgian National Olympic Association and National Olympians Association.[4]

Political career[edit]

Leri Khabelov became involved in the Georgian politics in 2008, when he ran, unsuccessfully, in the parliamentary election on a ticket of the opposition Republican Party of Georgia .[5] In 2012, he joined the new opposition party Georgian Dream spearheaded by the tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili. He was elected to the Parliament in the October 1, 2012 election and became a chairman of the parliamentary Committee for Sport and Youth Affairs on October 21, 2012.[6]


External links[edit]

  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Leri Khabelov". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.