Freestyle wrestler who brought home Olympic gold to Turkey after winning the 66kg weight class at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He is also a gold medalist at the World Championship and European Championships.
He was born in Hasav-Yurt, Dagestan and emigrated to turkey in 2005.
He was born with the last name Irbaikhanov but changed it to Sahin in honor of Mehmet Ali Sahin, who helped him become a naturalized citizen of Turkey.
His uncle, Ishak Irbayhanov, has been the manager of the Turkish national freestyle wrestling team.
He and American Tom Brands are both Olympic gold medalists in freestyle wrestling.