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Taymazov retains men´s freestyle 120kg wrestling Olympic gold

Source: Xinhua | 08-21-2008 21:15

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan retained his Olympic gold as he won the men's freestyle 120kg wrestling final at the Beijing Olympic Games here on Thursday.

Artur Taymazov (red) of Uzbekistan fights against Bakhtiyar Akhmedov of Russia in their men's freestyle 120kg gold medal match of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Wrestling event in Beijing, China, Aug. 21, 2008. Artur Taymazov beat Bakhtiyar Akhmedov and grabbed the gold.(Xinhua Photo)
Artur Taymazov (red) of Uzbekistan fights against Bakhtiyar 
Akhmedov of Russia in their men's freestyle 120kg gold medal match 
of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Wrestling event in Beijing, China, 
Aug. 21, 2008. Artur Taymazov beat Bakhtiyar Akhmedov and grabbed 
the gold.(Xinhua Photo)

Taymazov defeated Bakhtiyar Akhmedov to stop Russia from reaping its seventh wrestling gold at the Beijing Olympics, winning the final 2-0 (3-0, 1-0).

Thus, he also became the third freestyler successfully defending his gold from Athens. The others are Russian Mavelt Batirov in 60kg category and Buvaysa Saytiev in 74kg weight-class.

Taymazov, 29, also won silver in Sydney 2000 Games.

David Musulbes of Slovakia and Marid Mutalimov of Kazakhstan shared the bronze medals.


Editor:Si Qintu