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AGHAYEV Rafael
Azerbaijan
AZE
RafaelAghayev
Date of Birth04/03/1985 - SUMQAYIT (AZE)
Age30
Height165 cm/5'5"
Weight75kg/165lbs
GenderM
Medals
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Profile

NicknameBrilliant of Karate
School, universitySchool 21 in Sumqayit, The Academy of Physical Training and Sports
Started competing1994
Language(s) spokenAzerbaijani, Russian, Turkish
Club nameQabala Club
CoachFizuli Musayev (personal), Rustam Hatamov (team)
Hobbies

Football, I root for Juventus club

Major sporting achievements

2013, ECh (75kg) - 1st
2010, WCh (75kg) - 1st | ECh (75kg) - 1st
2009, ECh (75kg) - 1st
2008, WCh - 1st | ECh - 1st
2007, ECh (70kg) - 1st
2006, WCh (70kg) - 1st
2005, ECh - 1st
2004. ECh (65kg) - 1st

Key: OG = Olympic Games | YOG = Youth Olympic Games |WCh = World Championships | WJCh = World Junior Championships | ECh = European Championship | EJCh = European Junior Championships |NCh = National Championships | NJCh = National Junior Championships

Additional information / What would you like people to know about you?

I started doing karate at the age of seven. The role of Rafael Mammadov (coach) was crucial in the first steps I made in sports. I was watching tapes of Bruce Lee and was inspired by him. As a child I did not differentiate kung fu, which Bruce Lee practised, from karate. I was a naughty child and that's why my parents decided to send me to karate. They helped to motivate me. I would love to play football professionally, but when you are in a professional sport you should choose one and put all your effort into it. I always pray to Allah before a bout. In 2013 I had a leg injury and could not make it to competitions in 2014. In 2015, I am coming with a blank sheet of paper.

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