In 1992 Nazim Hüseynov became the first Azerbaijani judoka to win an Olympic gold. Prior to the 1992 Olympics Hüseynov won bronze at the 1991 World Championships and the European title at the 1992 European Championships and established himself as one of the top extra-lightweight judokas in the world. After the 1992 Olympics and the fall of Soviet Union Hüseynov continued to compete, now representing his native Azerbaijan. In 1993 he defended his European title and won silver at the World Championships. In 1994 Hüseynov won silver at the European Championships, but fell off his form after that year and retired from sports in 2000, working as a judo coach. In 2007 he was named coach of the Italian national judo team.