Arawat Sabeyev

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Arawat Sabejew ( Russian Арават Сабеев ; born September 24, 1968 in Karaganda ) is a former Soviet and German wrestler.


Arawat sabejew grew up in Karaganda and began there under the guidance of his father Sergei the rings . At the age of 19 he already reached the top class of Soviet wrestlers in free style, which is at an internationally high level.

In 1987 he made his debut on the international wrestling mat for the Soviet Union. He was 1.90 m tall and weighed about 100 kg. In Burnaby , Canada, he was junior heavyweight champion. In 1988 he was also the European Junior Champion in Wałbrzych / Poland. In 1989 he was used for the first time at a European Senior Championship and was European Champion in Ankara . In 1990 he won the European Championship again in Poznan . In the final he beat Andrzej Radomski from Poland. In a preliminary round fight , he defeated Heiko Balz from Luckenwalde , with whom he should have many more duels in the future.

In 1991 it was the political upheaval in the Soviet Union that prompted him to relocate to the Federal Republic of Germany. In the then federal capital Bonn he joined the TKSV Bonn Duisdorf. Aravat Sabejef won all of his Bundesliga fights for the TKSV. Although it was naturalized very quickly, it still lost 1991 and 1992 as international competition years. Then he joined the VfK Schifferstadt , where he was looked after by Willi Heckmann . In 1993 he started for the Federal Republic for the first time at the European Championships and won the European Championship again.

There was a setback for him at the 1993 World Cup in Toronto . Sabeev had trained almost 10 kg body weight so that Heiko Balz, who won the silver medal in the heavyweight division in Barcelona in 1992, could start in his weight class. Sabeev reached the 5th place. Since this year's world champion, Abbas Jadidi from Iran, was subsequently disqualified for gross unsportsmanlike conduct, Sabeev moved up to 4th place.

In 1994, Sabeev successfully focused on the World Cup in Istanbul . There he defeated John Roussow from South Africa , Mark Kerr from the USA, David Musuľbes from Russia and Davud Məhəmmədov from Azerbaijan and became world champion. In 1995 he reached bronze at the European Championships, at the World Championships in Atlanta he came in second behind the American Kurt Angle .

In the 1996 Olympic year, Sabeev had major injury problems in one knee. As it turned out later, his knee injury was so severe that he shouldn't have been wrestling. At the European Championships he only came in fifth place. At the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Sabeev won the bronze medal despite the injury.

In the following years, Sabeev could no longer place himself on the medal spots as often. But he was the third winner at the European Championships in 1997 and vice-European champion at the European Championships in 2000. In addition, he achieved many very good results in a few other tournaments.

Sabeev ended his international wrestling career after the 2000 Olympic season, but still wrestled very successfully for VfK Schifferstadt in the Bundesliga for a few years. After he was a member of the Bundeswehr during his active career, he worked as a commercial clerk after his career.


International championships

(OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championship, EM = European Championship, F = Freestyle, Hs = light heavyweight, up to 90 kg and from 1997 up to 97 kg body weight, S = heavyweight, up to 1996 up to 100 kg body weight, SS = super heavyweight, up to 1996 over 100 kg and from 1997 from 97 kg to 130 kg body weight)

German championships


  • International Wrestling Database of the Institute for Applied Training Sciences at the University of Leipzig
  • Trade journal Der Ringer , numbers: 05/89, 05/90, 04/93, 05/93, 09/93, 09/94, 06/95, 09/95, 04/96, 09/96, 09/97, 02/00, 03/00, 04/00, 10/00

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