Reading, driving, resting in the lap of nature
2015 WC (Team) (Tehran) – 1st
2011 ECh (Dortmund), 74kg – 1st
2008 EJCh, 74kg – 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
Winning gold at the 2011 European Wrestling Championship in Dortmund
I started wrestling when I was eight. My father made me and my two brothers wrestle, though I wasn't very enthusiastic about that. Gradually my interest increased. My father has played, and continues to play, a major role in my career as he is my coach. Every time I compete, I first of all think about how he is going to feel about my result. All my medals, all my victories belong to him. My main motivation is the pride of my parents. Buvaysar Saytiyev, Hamzay Yerlikaya, Farid Mansurov and Lionel Messi are my favourite sportsmen. My life inspiration is Heydar Aliyev.