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Valentin Hristov (weightlifter, born 1994)

Valentin Hristov (birth name Bulgarian: Валентин Христов, born 30 March 1994) is a Bulgarian naturalized Azerbaijani[1] weightlifter. He won a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which was Azerbaijan's first-ever Olympic medal in this discipline.[2]

Valentin Hristov
Azerbaijani athlete Valentine Khristov won bronze in the weightlifting competition of the 2012 London Olympic Games 7.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Bulgarian / Azerbaijani
Born (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 24)
Shumen, Bulgaria
Height 1.56 m (5 ft 1 12 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Country  Azerbaijan
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) 62 kg
Coached by Zlatan Vanev

Xristov's personal trainer is Zlatan Vanev.[3] He has been competing for Azerbaijan since 2011.[4]

As a result of a positive drug test for Dehydromethyltestosterone (turinabol), he was disqualified from the 2013 European Championships and has received a two-year ban starting from the 9th of April 2013 till the 9th of April 2015.[5][6] Four other athletes from the Azerbaijani team also tested positive and as a result the federation has been forced to pay a fine of $500,000.[7][8][9]


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