x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Saytiev wins third Olympic freestyle gold

The Russian wrestler Buvaysa Saytiev has won a record equalling third Olympic freestyle gold medal.

Buvaysa Saytiev on his way to gold.
Buvaysa Saytiev on his way to gold.

BEIJING // The Russian wrestler Buvaysa Saytiev has won a record equalling third Olympic freestyle gold medal. Saytiev matched his golds of 1996 and 2004 by defeating Soslan Tigiev of Uzbekistan 0-1, 1-0, 3-1 in the 74 kilograms (163 pounds) event. The only previous three-time freestyle gold medallist was the Soviet Union's Alexander Medved in 1964, 1968 and 1972. The 33-year-old Saytiev was forced to wrestle his way back onto the Russian team after being beaten out a year ago by the eventual world champion.

The bronze medals were won by Murad Gaidarov of Belarus and Kiril Terziev of Bulgaria. *AP