Judoist Askhat Zhitkeev is famous for his impressive list of trophies won for Kazakhstan at international competitions. He is now engaged in the development of this sport in his homeland.
As a child, he began to get involved in judo and attend classes. A few years later he moved to Astana to participate in major competitions and watch the best professionals. In 2001, he won bronze at the World Championships held in Germany. This was followed by a third-place at the Asian Games.
But in 2003, Zhitkeev immediately took gold in a tournament among Asian countries, which brought him unprecedented success and universal recognition. The following year, the athlete repeated the achievement in the same tournament.
Leaving the tatami, he took the position of director of judo Federation development in the country.
Askhat Zhitkeyev: Family Life
In the early 2000s, he met a volleyball player, Elena Pavlova. After a long affair, in 2008, the couple decided to get married. Despite the busy schedules and traveling, they live happily ever after. Now the family is growing up daughters Tomiris and Yasmine, as well as son Rasul. When the first child appeared, Pavlova left the sport and focused on maintaining the home and raising children.
He received his Ph.D. in philosophy in 2015, defending himself before a commission.
Weight is exactly 100 kg, which is the limit for admission to combat in this category.
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