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Rio 2016: Who is Ukraine’s Olympic Wrestling Prodigy Zhan Beleniuk?

Sep 9, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Zhan Beleniuk of Ukraine takes a victory lap with his nation’s colors after defeating Rustam Assakalov of Uzbekistan during a medal round of the third night of the World Wrestling Championships at The Orleans Arena.
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Beleniuk presently holds the European and also Globe champions in Greco-Roman fumbling’s 85kg group and also states his “remaining unfulfilled goal” is to secure gold at Rio 2016.

Birthed in 1991, the year Ukraine proclaimed its freedom from the Soviet Union, to a Ukrainian mom and also a Rwandan dad. Beleniuk was increased in Kiev by his Ukrainian family members. His dad, a flying force police officer, passed away in Rwanda’s civil battle soon after he was birthed and also the wrestler has no memories of him.

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