World champion Kh.Tsagaanbaatar retires

2015-09-28 19:51:36

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A World champion and Olympic bronze medalist Kh.Tsagaanbaatar last week officially announced that he has retired after 20-year career in judo.

The judoka said he will start his career in coaching the national team of Mongolia for the sport.

“I have made my decision of the retirement already. I have touched upon this decision to authorities of the Mongolia’s Judo Federation after the 2015 Judo World Championships in Kazakhstan. I could not bring a medal from the World Championships. Although I retired from my career in judo, I will do my best to prepare top judokas to win Olympic gold medal that I have never achieved,” he said.

Born March 19, 1984 in Uvs province, Tsagaanbaatar Khashbaatar won only medal for Mongolia in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, competing in the men’s -60 kg contest of judo. He also grabbed a gold medal in the men’s -66 kg bout of the 2009 Judo World Championships, becoming the very first Mongolian to World champion in judo. This medal was followed by two bronze medals of the Judo World Championships in 2010 and 2015.

In the 2006 Asian Games, he captured a gold medal in the -66 kg contest by defeating twice World champion Arash Miresmaeili of Iran as well as two gold, three silver and one bronze medals in Asian Championships between 2003 and 2011.

For all his brilliant success in the sport, Kh.Tsagaanbaatar became a State Honored Sportsman and Hero of Labor.