Buvaisar Saitiev

Buvaisar Hamidovich Saitiev, also spelled Buvaysar Hamidovich Saytiev, (Russian: Бувайсар Хамидович Сайтиев, Chechen: Сайт КIант Бувайса) (born March 11, 1975 in Khasavyurt, Dagestan ASSR) is a Chechen retired freestyle wrestler who represented Chechnya, and won nine world-level gold medals in freestyle wrestling (second most, behind Aleksandr Medved's ten). He is widely considered as the greatest freestyle wrestler of all time.[1][2][3][4] He currently is an acting State Duma Deputy from Dagestan.[5][6][7]

Buvaisar Saitiev
Buwaisar Saytiev.jpg
Personal information
Born (1975-03-11) March 11, 1975 (age 46)
Khasavyurt, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
Sport
CountryRussia
SportWrestling
Event(s)Freestyle
ClubMindiashvili wrestling academy
Coached byDmitri Mindiashvili
Medal record
Men's Freestyle Wrestling
Representing  Russia
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 3 - -
World Championships 6 - -
European Championships 6 - -
Total 15 0 0
Olympic Games
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Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 74 kg freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens 74 kg freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing 74 kg freestyle
World Championships
Gold medal – first place Atlanta 1995 Freestyle 74 kg
Gold medal – first place Krasnoyarsk 1997 Freestyle 76 kg
Gold medal – first place Tehran 1998 Freestyle 76 kg
Gold medal – first place Sofia 2001 Freestyle 76 kg
Gold medal – first place New York 2003 Freestyle 74 kg
Gold medal – first place Budapest 2005 Freestyle 74 kg
European Championships
Gold medal – first place Budapest 1996 Freestyle 74 kg
Gold medal – first place Warsaw 1997 Freestyle 76 kg
Gold medal – first place Bratislava 1998 Freestyle 85 kg
Gold medal – first place Budapest 2000 Freestyle 76 kg
Gold medal – first place Budapest 2001 Freestyle 76 kg
Gold medal – first place Moscow 2006 Freestyle 74 kg
Updated on 5 September 2014.

LifeEdit

In 1992, Buvaisar left his hometown of Khasavyurt, Dagestan in order to train at a prestigious wrestling center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. His younger brother Adam Saitiev would follow in his footsteps.

Soon after graduating from the training center, Saitiev began his quest to represent Russia on the world stage. Buvaisar has been decorated with the Order of Friendship by the Russian president. His younger brother Adam Saitiev, also a wrestler, won gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Buvaisar's life philosophy has been heavily influenced by Nobel Prize-winning poet Boris Pasternak. Saitiev repeats Pasternak's poem, "It is not seemly to be famous[8]," before every match, and according to Buvaisar, the poem has defined his life both inside and outside of wrestling.[9]

Wrestling careerEdit

Saitiev has won nine world-level gold medals. He is a six-time world champion and a three-time Olympic champion. His senior-level international career began in 1994 and, to date, has continued on through the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. In thirteen years, he's entered eleven world championship tournaments, won nine world championship tournaments, and lost only two bouts.

In 1999, Buvaisar did not wrestle at the world championships. Instead his weight class was represented by his younger brother Adam, who won a gold medal. Saitiev also did not compete at the world championships in 2002. He lost to Magomed Isagadjiev at the 2002 Russian Nationals. Isagadjiev went on the win a silver medal at the world championships. In 2007 Saitiev was beat out for the Russian team by Makhach Murtazaliev, who went on to win the world title. According to media reports, Saitiev's training in 2007 was hampered by a neck injury.

Match resultsEdit

World Championships & Olympics
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2008 Summer Olympics   at 74kg
Win 46-2   Soslan Tigiev 0–1, 1–0, 3–1 August 12, 2008 2008 Olympic Games   Beijing, China
Win 45-2   Kiril Terziev Fall
Win 44-2   Ivan Fundora 2-0, 2-1
Win 43-2   Ahmet Gülhan 1-0, 4-0
Win 42-2   Cho Byung-kwan 1-0, 7-2
2006 World Championships 8th at 74kg
Loss 41-2   Mihail Ganev 3-0, 2-2, 1-1 September 27, 2006 2006 World Wrestling Championships   Guangzhou, China
Win 41-1   Ivan Fundora 5-3, 7-2
Win 40-1   Maximo Blanco 4-1, 5-0
2005 World Championships   at 74kg
Win 39-1   Arpad Ritter 3-0, 3-1 September 26, 2005 2005 World Wrestling Championships   Budapest, Hungary
Win 38-1   Mehdi Hajizadeh 6-0, 5-3
Win 37-1   Salvatore Rinella 6-1, 5-0
Win 36-1   Nikolay Paslar 3-0, 3-1
Win 35-1   Malak Mohamed Osman 2-0, 9-0
2004 Summer Olympics   at 74kg
Win 34-1   Gennadiy Laliyev 7-0 August 26, 2004 2004 Olympic Games   Athens, Greece
Win 33-1   Krystian Brzozowski 8-0
Win 32-1   Murad Gaidarov 3-2
Win 31-1   Emzarios Bentinidis 6-1
Win 30-1   Arpad Ritter 8-2
2003 World Championships   at 74kg
Win 29-1   Murad Gaidarov 2-2 September 12, 2003 2003 World Wrestling Championships   New York City, United States
Win 28-1   Hadi Habibi 6-3
Win 27-1   Talgat Ilyasov 9-1
Win 26-1   Nikolay Paslar 4-1
Win 25-1   Jean Bernard Diatta Tech. Fall
2001 World Championships   at 76kg
Win 24-1   Moon Eui-jae 3-2 November 22, 2001 2001 World Wrestling Championships   Sofia, Bulgaria
Win 23-1   Joe Williams 5-4
Win 22-1   Revaz Mindorashvili 3-2
Win 21-1   Kunihiko Obata 7-0
Win 20-1   Ruslan Khinchagov 4-3
2000 Summer Olympics 9th at 76kg
Loss 19-1   Brandon Slay 3-4 September 28, 2000 2000 Olympic Games   Sydney, Australia
Win 19-0   Plamen Paskalev 8-2
1998 World Championships   at 76kg
Win 18-0   Moon Eui-jae 3-0 September 7, 1998 1998 World Wrestling Championships   Tehran, Iran
Win 17-0   Marcin Jurecki Fall
Win 16-0   Alexander Kahniasvili Tech. Fall
Win 15-0   Victor Peikov Tech. Fall
1997 World Championships   at 76kg
Win 14-0   Alexander Leipold 3-1 August 29, 1997 1997 World Wrestling Championships   Krasnojarsk, Russia
Win 13-0   Moon Eui-jae 6-2
Win 12-0   David Bichinashvili 7-0
Win 11-0   Arpad Ritter 6-0
Win 10-0   Nicholas Ugoalah Fall
1996 Summer Olympics   at 74kg
Win 9-0   Park Jang-soon 5-0 July 30, 1996 1996 Olympic Games   Atlanta, United States
Win 8-0   Kenny Monday 6-1
Win 7-0   Alexander Leipold 3-1
Win 6-0   Issa Momeni 8-0
1995 World Championships   at 74kg
Win 5-0   Alexander Leipold 3-2 August 10, 1995 1995 World Wrestling Championships   Atlanta, United States
Win 4-0   Magomed Salam Gadshiev 3-0
Win 3-0   Victor Peikov 12-3
Win 2-0   Krzysztof Walencik Fall
Win 1-0   Alberto Rodríguez Tech. Fall

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympics-Russian wrestler Saitiev abandons comeback attempt". Reuters. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  2. ^ R, Coach Mike (27 June 2014). "The greatest wrestler ever, Buvaisar Saitiev, flattens a toddler". SB Nation. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  3. ^ UFC Fight Night 35 fact grinder, SB Nation, Retrieved June 18, 2014
  4. ^ Wyman, Patrick. "Why Are UFC Champions Hanging Out With An Accused Russian War Criminal?". Deadspin. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Бувайсар Сайтиев станет депутатом Госдумы от Дагестана". Archived from the original on 2016-09-26. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  6. ^ "Рамзан vs Сагид. Почему Абдулатипов провел в Думу Бувайсара, но сломал карьеру Сажида?". Archived from the original on 2018-07-08. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  7. ^ Админ, Автор. "Бувайсар Сайтиев прошёл в Госдуму от Дагестана". Годекан (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  8. ^ "It is Not Seemly to be Famous... Poem by Boris Pasternak".
  9. ^ The Silent Gladiators, p. 237

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