Artur Taymazov

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Artur Taymazov (born July 20, 1979 in Ordzhonikidze, North Ossetian ASSR) is an Uzbek wrestler of Ossetian origin, and Uzbekistan's most decorated Olympian. Making his Olympic debut in Sydney in 2000, he won Uzbekistan's first Olympic wrestling medal in the 130 kg weight class, losing to Russian David Musul'bes in the final. In the 2004 Games in Athens he became Uzbekistan's first multiple-medalist after winning gold in the 120 kg weight class. He successfully defended his 120 kg title in Beijing four years later, this time defeating Musul'bes in the semifinals, winning 3–0, 1–0 in the final against Russian Bakhtiyar Akhmedov.

After his second olympic title in Beijing, he was honored in his country by the Buyuk Hizmatlari Uchun Order Uzbekistan Airways Inflight Magazine, n°4/2008, p54-55. ("For Outstanding Services").

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