Damir Zakhartdinov

Wrestling

Biography:

Damir Zakhartdinov was born on January 2, 1976 in Tashkent. Damir is a retired amateur freestyle wrestler from Uzbekistan, who competed in the men’s lightweight category. Damir has yielded a staggering record of six career medals, including a bronze in the 58-kg division at the 1999 World Wrestling Championships in Ankara, Turkey, and seized an opportunity to represent Uzbekistan in three editions of the Olympic Games (1996, 2000, and 2004). Having served as a soldier in CSKA Tashkent, Zakhartdinov trained throughout his sporting career as a member of its wrestling team under head coach Mamur Ruziev. Damir is considered one of the nation’s top wrestlers of his decade.

Shortly after his sporting career ended in 2006, he moved to the United States to work with Rod Gaddy and coach young wrestlers for the Alabama State Wrestling Team in Birmingham, Alabama.

Awards & Recognition

  • 1999 World Championship: 58.0 kg. Freestyle (3rd)
  • 2002 World Championship: 60.0 kg. Freestyle (6th)
  • 2003 World Championship: 60.0 kg. Freestyle (8th)
  • 2005 World Championship: 60.0 kg. Freestyle (28th)
  • 2000 Asian Championship: 58.0 kg. Freestyle (2nd)
  • 2001 Asian Championship: 63.0 kg. Freestyle (2nd)
  • 2003 Asian Championship: 60.0 kg. Freestyle (2nd)
  • 2005 Asian Championship: 60.0 kg. Freestyle (3rd)
  • 1997 Asian Championship: 58.0 kg. Freestyle (5th)
  • 2002 Asian Games: 60.0 kg. Freestyle (5th)
  • 2006 Asian Games: 60.0 kg. Freestyle (10th)

Specialization

  • Freestyle Wrestling
  • Personal Trainer
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