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Leri Khabelovi

Full name: Leri Khabelovi
Original name: ლერი ხაბელოვი
Other name(s): Leri Gabriyelovich Khabelov, Лери Габриелович Хабелов
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Born: July 15, 1964 in Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia
Affiliations: Trudovye Rezervy Tbilisi, Tbilisi (GEO) / Trudovye Rezervy Vladikavkaz, Vladikavkaz (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union, EUN Unified Team, RUS Russia
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Georgian Leri Khabelovi was the world’s best freestyle heavyweight wrestler in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After winning the 1982 World Cadets Championships and 1983 World Junior and 1984 European Junior Championships, Khabelovi made the Soviet national team in 1985 and immediately dominated in the senior ranks. After winning the 1985 and 1987 World Championships, and the 1985, 1987 and 1988 European Championships, Khabelovi was unanimously considered the main favorite for 1988 Olympic freestyle heavyweight gold. At the Olympics, however, after winning five matches, three of them by fall, Khabelovi unexpectedly lost to Romanian Vasile Puşcaşu by decision in the gold medal match and had to settle for a silver. After the 1988 Olympics, Kabelovi again established himself as the world’s best heavyweight freestyle wrestler by winning world titles in 1990-91 and the 1992 European title and again went to the Olympics as the favorite for freestyle heavyweight gold. This time, Khabelovi did not disappoint and won gold. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Khabelovi decided to represent Russia instead of his native Georgia and won the 1993 World title. After his 1993 victory, however, Khabelovi moved to the super-heavyweight class, but was not very successful. He won only bronze at the 1995 World and European Championships and decided to move back to heavyweight. As a heavyweight, Khabelovi was selected for the 1996 Russian Olympic team but, by then past his prime, he was eliminated early.

Domestically, Khabelovi won Soviet titles in 1985, 1987 and 1988 and a Russian super-heavyweight title in 1993. Khabelovi retired from sports after the 1996 Olympics and moved back to his native Georgia. He was head coach of the Georgian national freestyle team and, from 2000-07, vice-president of the Georgian National Olympic Committee. From 1998-2004 he was deputy chairman of the sports department of the Georgian Ministry of Culture. In 2008 Khabelovi entered politics, but failed in a bid for the Georgian parliament. In 2012, however, he was elected to the Georgian parliament and became the chairman of the parliamentary Committee for Sport and Youth Affairs. In 2006 he was elected to the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Unified Team EUN 1 Gold
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Russia RUS 14

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result CP MR TP
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 2 1988-09-28
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Final Round Match 1/2 2 1988-09-30 Puşcaşu (ROU) decision (1-0), Khabelovi (URS)
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Group A - Round Six 1 1988-09-30 22,0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Group A - Round Six Match #1 1 1988-09-30 Khabelovi (URS) decision (3-1), Neupert (GDR) 3,0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Group A - Round Five 1T 1988-09-29 19,0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Group A - Round Five Match #2 AC 1988-09-29 Khabelovi (URS) 4,0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Group A - Round Four 1T 1988-09-29 15,0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Group A - Round Four Match #2 1 1988-09-29 Khabelovi (URS) fall (1:50), Boldyn (MGL) 4,0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Group A - Round Three 1T 1988-09-28 11,0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Group A - Round Three Match #4 1 1988-09-28 Khabelovi (URS) fall (3:45), Spiess (BRA) 4,0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Group A - Round Two 2 1988-09-28 7,0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Group A - Round Two Match #5 1 1988-09-28 Khabelovi (URS) decision (9-2), Sezgin (TUR) 3,0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Group A - Round One 1T 1988-09-28 4,0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Wrestling Soviet Union URS Group A - Round One Match #5 1 1988-09-28 Khabelovi (URS) fall (2:42), Solovi (SAM) 4,0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Unified Team EUN Final Standings 1 1992-08-03
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Unified Team EUN Final Round Match 1/2 1 1992-08-05 Khabelovi (EUN) decision (2-1), Balz (GER)
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Unified Team EUN Group B - Round Five 1 1992-08-04 15,0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Unified Team EUN Group B - Round Five Match #1 1 1992-08-04 Khabelovi (EUN) decision (5-0), Radomski (POL) 3,0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Unified Team EUN Group B - Round Four 2 1992-08-04 12,0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Unified Team EUN Group B - Round Four Match #1 1 1992-08-04 Khabelovi (EUN) decision (6-0), Kiss (HUN) 3,0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Unified Team EUN Group B - Round Three 2 1992-08-03 9,0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Unified Team EUN Group B - Round Three Match #3 1 1992-08-03 Khabelovi (EUN) decision (3-0), Makaveev (BUL) 3,0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Unified Team EUN Group B - Round Two 3 1992-08-03 6,0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Unified Team EUN Group B - Round Two Match #4 1 1992-08-03 Khabelovi (EUN) decision (8-1), Rossouw (RSA) 3,0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Unified Team EUN Group B - Round One 2T 1992-08-03 3,0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Wrestling Unified Team EUN Group B - Round One Match #4 1 1992-08-03 Khabelovi (EUN) decision (2-0), Kayali (TUR) 3,0
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Wrestling Russia RUS Final Standings 14 1996-07-30 3 2
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Wrestling Russia RUS Classification Round Three Match #5 2 1996-07-30 Ladik (CAN) default (0-0) (0:00), Khabelovi (RUS) 0
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Wrestling Russia RUS Round Two Match #4 2 1996-07-30 Jadidi (IRI) decision (4-0) (5:00), Khabelovi (RUS) 0
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Wrestling Russia RUS Round One Match #6 1 1996-07-30 Khabelovi (RUS) decision (2-0) (8:00), T'qeshelashvili (GEO) 2