Denis Ulanov

Further Personal Information
Residence
Öskemen, KAZ
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Physical Education - Al-Farabi Kazakh National University: Almaty, KAZ
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age nine in Zyryanovsk, Kazakhstan.
Why this sport?
"I just saw enough films with [Arnold] Schwarzenegger in my childhood, and decided to go to a local gym. We had a small gym in Zyryanovsk, but I did not know that this was a weightlifting club. At first I didn't even understand what it was all about. But later I liked it, and some goals and dreams appeared."
Name of coach
Alexander Devyatkin [personal], KAZ
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing tennis, volleyball, swimming. (Athlete, 16 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 85kg category at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 03 Oct 2019)
Hero / Idol
Kazakhstani weightlifter Ilya Ilyin. (sports.kz, 24 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Kazakhstan. (wfrk.kz, 25 Sep 2018; Athlete, 16 Apr 2018)
Milestones
A shoulder injury affected his performance at the 2018 World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. (vksport.kz, 13 Dec 2018; wfrk.kz, 10 Nov 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 03 Oct 2019)
Other information
OLYMPIC MEDAL
He initially finished fourth in the 85kg category at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, in October 2016 he was promoted to third place on the podium after the original bronze medal winner Gabriel Sincraian returned a positive result for the prohibited substance testosterone. (yk-news.kz, 07 Nov 2017; iwf.net, 13 Oct 2016)

SANCTION
In 2013 he tested positive for the prohibited substance stanozolol during an in-competition test. He was banned from the sport for two years between October 2013 and October 2015. (IWF, 01 Oct 2015)

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