Elshan Huseynov, Azerbaijan, at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting European Open Championships in Eger, Hungary.

Elshan Huseynov


Elshan Huseynov has never won a Paralympic gold, despite two attempts.

Huseynov’s first Paralympic Games came in Beijing in 2008 in the men’s up to 90kg. Four years later at London 2012 he finished just out of the medals in fourth place in the up to 100kg.

He has however tasted podium success at the World and European Championships. At both the 2010 and 2014 Worlds he left with bronze and at the Euros in 2013, he claimed the title having moved up to men’s up to 107kg.

But in 2015, Huseynov really came to life.

At the 2015 Asian Open Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, he won gold with a new world record of 243kg.

Then at the European Open in Eger, Hungary, Huseynov once again showed the world why he is the man to watch.

Heading into the competition, rival Pavlos Mamalos of Greece was the favourite. As the reigning world champion everyone expected him to win.

Huseynov looked to be off the boil during the face-off, only managing to complete one successful lift compared to Mamalos’ two.

But then Huseynov decided to go for broke and attempt a new world record with a fourth round haul. He was successful, adding 1kg onto his own world best from Almaty and bringing his world record count to two for the season.

He did not compete at Rio 2016 but in 2017 will get the chance to face Mamalos at a major international competition, when the World Para Powerlifting Championships take place in Mexico City.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Baku, AZE
Azerbaijani, Russian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 2007 in Azerbaijan.
Name of coach
Ilqar Ibishov [personal, national], AZE

International debut

Competing for
European Championships
Kavala, GRE

General interest

Cars. (Athlete, 20 Feb 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2015 Asian Open Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, setting a world record at the 2015 European Championships in Eger, Hungary, and winning gold at the 2018 European Championships in Berck-sur-Mer, France. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Apr 2021; Athlete, 20 Feb 2019;, 27 Nov 2015;, 29 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ilqar Ibishov. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Athlete, 20 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
He was included in the Azerbaijan National Paralympic Committee top ten athletes of 2010. (, 23 Dec 2011)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 30 May 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -90 kg Final Round 5
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 100.00kg Final 2010-07-29 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -100 kg Final Round 2012-09-05 4
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 107.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-11 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -107 kg Final Round 2016-09-14 9999
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 107.00kg Final 2017-12-02 4