October 2, 1944|
South Kazakhstan Region, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
|Nationality||Soviet and Kazakh|
|Listed height||6 ft 9.5 in (2.07 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Alzhan Musurbekovich Zharmukhamedov (alternate spelling: Alzan Zarmuhamedov) (Kazakh: Әлжан Мүсірбекұлы Жармұхамедов, Russian: Алжан Мусурбекович Жармухамедов; born 2 October 1944 is a retired Kazakh professional basketball player and coach. He was considered to be the first ethnic Kazakh to become an Olympic champion.
Zharmukhamedov played club with CSKA Moscow (1970–1980). In 1971, he earned the title of Master of Sports of the USSR, International Class, and a year later, he was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor.
Soviet Union national team
While being young and driven with feelings of patriotism, Zharmukhamedov moved to Almaty (Alma-Ata at that time), in order to compete with the senior Kazakh SSR national basketball team. However, not being able to find any support, he finally decided to move to Moscow, where he was eventually able to earn world fame as a basketball player. He served as the team captain of the senior combined national basketball team of the Soviet Union for a long period. He won a gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games, while playing with the senior Soviet Union national basketball team.
At the tail end of his career, Zharmukhamedov worked as a player-coach, until he reached the age of 45.
Zharmukhamedov currently lives in Moscow.
Awards and accomplishments
Soviet senior national team
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- "Demeu will help the talented". www.izvestia.kz. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
- "Альжан ЖАРМУХАМЕДОВ: Желаю казахстанцам продвигать авторитет родины". www.liter.kz. Retrieved 27 May 2009.