Abdulrashid Sadulaev

Abdulrashid Bulachevich Sadulaev born 9 May 1996 in Dagestan) is a Russian freestyle wrestler of Avar descent. Nicknamed the “Russian Tank,” he is the 2016 Olympic Champion at 86 kg, a four-time World Champion (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019), four-time European Champion (2014, 2018, 2019, 2020), European Games Champion (2015), two time Cadet World Champion (2012, 2013), Golden Grand-Prix Champion, European Nations Cup winner, Yaşar Doğu winner, Wenceslas Ziolkowski Memorial winner and Alexander Medved International winner. Sadulaev became the 2014 World Champion in the 86 kg class at age 18, and Olympic champion at age 20. He is now considered the best active wrestler in the world.

He was undefeated in competition from November 2013 until August 2017. In 2014, Sadulaev was considered by many to be the most dominant wrestler in the world. In August 2016, Sadulaev was the #1 ranked 86 kg competitor in the world, and was ranked as the #1 Pound-for-Pound wrestler in the world by Flo Wrestling.

Abdulrashid Sadulaev Personal Life: Sadulaev was born in 1996 in the village of Tsurib, Charodinsky District, Dagestan, Russia. He belongs to the Avar ethnic group, he is from a devout Sunni Muslim family and is the youngest of four siblings. He did not start wrestling professionally until the age of 13, but quickly won a regional title and 300 ₽ ($4.69). After finishing the 11th grade, he began training in the Gamid Gamidov Wrestling club in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s sports school of Olympic reserve.

 

Olympic Games
2016 Rio de Janeiro 86 kg Gold

 

 

World Championships
2014 Tashkent 86 kg Gold
2015 Las Vegas 86 kg Gold
2018 Budapest 97 kg Gold
2019 Nur-Sultan 97 kg Gold
2017 Paris 97 kg Silver

 

 

European Championships
2020 Rome 125 kg Gold
2016 Riga 125 kg Gold
2018 Kaspiysk 125 kg Silver
2019 Bucharest 125 kg Silver
2013 Tbilisi 120 kg Bronze
2017 Novi Sad 125 kg Bronze

 

 

Individual World Cup
2020 Belgrade 97 kg Gold

 

 

European Games
2015 Baku 86 kg Gold
2019 Minsk 97 kg Gold

 

 

European Championships
2014 Vantaa 86 kg Gold
2018 Kaspiysk 92 kg Gold
2019 Bucharest 97 kg Gold
2020 Rome 97 kg Gold

 

 

Golden Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin
2014 Krasnoyarsk 86 kg Gold
2018 Krasnoyarsk 92 kg Gold

 

 

European Nations Cup
2015 Moscow 97 kg Gold

 

 

Grand Prix Yaşar Doğu
Grand Prix Yaşar Doğu 86 kg Gold

 

 

Alexander Medved International
2015 Minsk 86 kg Gold

 

 

Wenceslas Ziolkowski Memorial XXIII
2014 Dąbrowa Górnicza 86 kg Gold
2016 Dąbrowa Górnicza 86 kg Gold

 

 

European Championships U23
2016 Ruse 86 kg Gold

 

 

Cadet World Championships
2012 Baku 76 kg Gold
2013 Zrenjanin 85 kg Gold