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Elman Asgarov (Azerbaijani: Elman Əsgərov; born September 16, 1975 in Baku) is a retired amateur Azerbaijani freestyle wrestler, who competed in the men's welterweight category.[1] He captured a silver medal in the same division at the 2002 European Wrestling Championships in his hometown Baku, and later represented his nation Azerbaijan at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Throughout his sporting career, Asgarov has been training under his personal coach and mentor Yakub Mamedov for SKA Neftçi.

Elman Asgarov
Personal information
Full nameElman Asgarov
NationalityAzerbaijani
Born (1975-09-16) 16 September 1975 (age 44)
Baku, Azerbaijani SSR
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
SportWrestling
StyleFreestyle
ClubSKA Neftçi Baku
CoachYakub Mamedov

Asgarov qualified for Azerbaijan in the men's 66 kg class at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens by placing second behind Armenia's Zhirayr Hovhannisyan from the second Olympic Qualification Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.[2] He was placed by a random draw into a three-man preliminary pool against United States' Jamill Kelly and Moldova's two-time Olympian Ruslan Bodişteanu. Asgarov outclassed his first opponent Bodisteanu (7–3) at the start of the pool, before he was narrowly beaten by Kelly (2–3) in his subsequent match to generate a record of nine technical points, finishing only in second place and twelfth overall in the final standings.[3][4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Elman Asgarov". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Olympic Qualification Tournament: 2004-02-14 Sofia (BUL) – Men's Freestyle 66kg". International Wrestling Database. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  3. ^ Abbott, Gary (27 August 2004). "U.S. sweeps five matches to open Olympic freestyle wrestling competition". USA Wrestling. The Mat. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  4. ^ Gorrell, Mike (28 August 2004). "Sanderson keeps medal hopes alive". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 66kg". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2013.

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