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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
NationalityBulgarian / Azerbaijani
Born (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 24)
Shumen, Bulgaria
Height1.56 m (5 ft 1 12 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
Country Azerbaijan
Event(s)62 kg
Coached byZlatan Vanev

Hristov'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 had 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]

At the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships he was caught using Nandrolone, he was the original bronze medalist but has since had his results disqualified.[10][11] He is banned from the 14th of December 2015 to the 14th of December 2023, this being a longer suspension due to it being his second offense. He was among 6 other athletes from the Azerbaijani team that tested positive.

On 22 December 2018, it was announced that as a consequence of the International Olympic Committee’s re-analysis program in connection with the 2012 London Olympic Games Hristov had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.[12] However realocation of medals not yet confirmed by IOC or IWF.


  1. ^ "Chinas Gewichtheber geben bei WM-Auftakt Ton an". 2011-11-05. Archived from the original on 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  2. ^ Ilham Aliyev: 'Well-Done, Hristov..!'. 30 July 2012.
  3. ^ Българинът Валентин Христов спечели медал на Олимпиадата, но за Азербайджан. 29 July 2012.
  4. ^ Азербайджан – България 1:0 с автогол, но така се налага. 30 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2013-10-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  10. ^ "Sanctioned Athletes". Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Public Disclosure". Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  12. ^ "PUBLIC DISCLOSURE - IWF". IWF. 22 December 2018.

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