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Nizami Pashayev (born February 2, 1981 in Gadabay) is a retired Azerbaijani athlete in weightlifting.

Nizami Pashayev
Nizami Pashayev at the 2012 London Olympic Games.jpg
Medal record
Men's Weightlifting
Representing  Azerbaijan
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2001 Antalya – 94 kg
Gold medal – first place 2002 Warsaw – 94 kg
Gold medal – first place 2005 Doha – 94 kg
Silver medal – second place 2009 Goyang – 94 kg
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 Trenčín – 94 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Antalya – 94 kg
Islamic Solidarity Games
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Mecca – 105 kg


He won two World Weightlifting Championships titles and one European Weightlifting Championships title, when he hauled 402 kilograms in total to take the overall gold in the men's 94 kg category.[1][2]

Pashayev totalled 402 kg on May 20, 2006, but it was the 25-year-old's snatch winning effort of 186 kg that helped him gain the title ahead of Poland's Szymon Kolecki who was second in the clean and jerk with 217 kg. Later that year Pashayev was disqualified for two years after failing a WADA drugs test. He lost his European title and was fined $2,400.[3]

On 17 November 2016 the IOC disqualified Pashayev from the 2008 Olympic Games and struck his results from the record for failing a drugs test in a re-analysis of his doping sample from 2008.[4]


  1. ^ Iron Minds article
  2. ^ Nizami Pashayev won a gold medal
  3. ^ Nizami Pashayev disqualified for two years
  4. ^ "IOC sanctions 16 athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". IOC. Retrieved 17 November 2016.

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Namig Abdullayev
Flagbearer for   Azerbaijan
Athens 2004
Succeeded by
Farid Mansurov