He moved up to the 201 lbs limit and exited early at theworld championships 2005 and the European championships 2006.
Then he became more successful. In 2007 he lost the EU final to Elias Pavlidis, at the World Championships he easily beat Englishman Daniel Price, 2005 medalist Alexander Povernov (PTS 17:5) and won the quarterfinals against Milorad Gajovic (Montenegro) to qualify for Beijing. He beat Chinese Yushan Nijiati to reach the finals where he edged out Russian top favorite Rakhim Chakkhiev 7:6.
In the 2008 Olympics he won the silver medal, losing the final round and so the competition to Rakhim Chakkhiev.