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Rasul Abakar oghlu Chunayev (Azerbaijani: Rəsul Çunayev) is an Azerbaijani Greco-Roman wrestler. He was born 7 January 1991 in Yeni Şərif,[1] Balakən, Azerbaijan, to Avar parents. He is a world champion and European vice-champion in men's Greco-Roman wrestling.[2]

Rasul Chunayev
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Medal record
Men's Greco-Roman
Representing  Azerbaijan
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro 66 kg
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Tashkent 71 kg
Gold medal – first place 2015 Las Vegas 71 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Budapest 72 kg
European Games
Gold medal – first place 2015 Baku 71 kg
European Championship
Silver medal – second place 2018 Kaspiysk 72 kg
Silver medal – second place 2014 Vantaa 71 kg
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 2013 Kazan 66 kg
Islamic Solidarity Games
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Baku 66 kg

CareerEdit

In 2015, he won gold medal at 2015 European Games and became the first athlete to win gold while being on active duty for Azerbaijani Armed Forces.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Chunayev loves dancing. His character is frequently described as laid-back and relaxed. His most notable celebration came after Chunayev defeated Russian wrestler Islambek Albiev at the 2013 Summer Universiade, when he performed the Lezginka, a traditional dance of the Caucacus, on the mat.[4][5] He also gave a military salute as a sign of respect to the Azerbaijani families of victims in Karabakh after defeating Armenian wrestler Varsham Boranyan during 2014 World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rəsul Çunayev: Yaxşı idmançı rinqdə bilinər
  2. ^ Yunan-Roma güləşi yığmamız Avropa üçüncüsü oldu / FOTO-VİDEO (in Azerbaijani)
  3. ^ "Rasul Chunayev: 'As a soldier of Azerbaijan, I am very proud that…' / PHOTO". awf-az.org. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  4. ^ Carson, Dan. "Azerbaijani Wrestler Celebrates Gold Medal Win with Most Beautiful Dance Ever". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  5. ^ Boebel, Rick. "This Azerbaijani Wrestler's Dance Is The Reason Wrestling Should Still Be In The Olympics". www.sportsgrid.com. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  6. ^ Наш борец победил армянина всего за 23 секунды - ФОТО + ВИДЕО. ru.oxu.az (in Russian). Retrieved 18 October 2014.