Taymazov of Uzbekistan wins 3rd straight gold

Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan has won his third straight Olympic

wrestling gold in the men’s 120-kilogram division, beating

Georgia’s Davit Modzmanashvili in the final.

Taymazov joins Alexander Medved of the former Soviet Union and

Russian great Alexander Karelin as the only male wrestlers to win

gold medals in three straight games.

Taymazov, by virtue of his silver in Sydney in 2000, also

equaled Karelin’s Olympic medal haul.

Japan’s Kaori Icho and Saori Yoshida each won their third

straight Olympic golds in women’s freestyle earlier this week.