|Men's Greco-Roman wrestling|
|2009 Herning||60 kg|
|2010 Moscow||66 kg|
|2005 Varna||60 kg|
|2011 Dortmund||66 kg|
Rahimov moved with his family to Azerbaijan in 1990. He has been trained in Greco-Roman wrestling since 1994. He made the Azerbaijani Olympic teams in 2004 and 2008. In the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Rahimov beat Jim Gruenwald of the United States (7-0) but was later defeated by the Serbian Davor Stefanek.
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Rahimov reached the final having beaten Sheng Jiang (China), Eusebiu Diaconu (Romania), Armen Nazaryan (Bulgaria), and Nurbakyt Tengizbayev (Turkmenistan) but lost to Islambek Albiev from Russia. On 17 November 2016 the IOC disqualified him from the 2008 Olympic Games, stripped his Olympic silver medal and struck his results from the record for failing a drugs test in a re-analysis of his doping sample from 2008.
- Vitaliy Rahimov: I Want to Come Back an Olympic Medalist Archived 2011-04-30 at the Wayback Machine by E.Aliyev. Echo. #160(898). 20 August 2004. Retrieved 12 August 2008
- Olympic notes: Injury drops wrestler by Charles F. Gardner. Journal Sentinel. 12 May 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2008
- "Doping: 2008 Beijing Olympics medal winners among 16 athletes banned for doping". BBC. 2016-11-17.
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