Zhan Beleniuk

Zhan Beleniuk

Zhan Beleniuk is a former world champion and Olympic wrestling silver medallist. He was born in 1991 in Kyiv to a Ukrainian mother and a father from Rwanda. His father was a pilot who studied in Kyiv at the National Aviation University and died during the Rwandan Civil War.
Beleniuk began wrestling in the year 2000 at 9 years of age

In 2010 he won the silver medal at the Junior World Championships. In 2011, he became the Junior European Champion amongst, and won bronze at the World Championship. In 2012, he won the bronze medal at European Championships. In 2013, he won bronze again at the Summer Universiade.


In 2014, he won a gold medal at the 2014 European Wrestling Championships
On 10 September 2015, after winning against then the ruling World Champion and then Champion of Asia, the Uzbek Rustam Assakalov scoring 6:0, Beleniuk won gold at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships in under-85 kg weight category. In 2016, he won gold yet again at the 2016 European Wrestling Championships. In 2016 he won the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Beleniuk was elected to the Ukraine parliament after the July 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary elections under the banner of the governing party, Servant of the People

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