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Russian wrestler Saytiev wins third Olympic gold
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19:13, August 20, 2008


Buvaysa Saytiev of Russia celebrates after beating Soslan Tigiev of Uzbekistan in men's freestyle 74kg gold medal match of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Wrestling event in Beijing, China, Aug. 20, 2008. Buvaysa Saytiev beat Soslan Tigiev and grabbed the gold. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



Soslan Tigiev (red) of Uzbekistan fights against Buvaysa Saytiev of Russia in men's freestyle 74kg gold medal match of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Wrestling event in Beijing, China, Aug. 20, 2008. Buvaysa Saytiev beat Soslan Tigiev and grabbed the gold.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


Russian Buvaysa Saytiev struggled to win the men's freestyle 74kg wrestling title to earn his third Olympic gold here on Wednesday.

Saytiev, 33, defeated Soslan Tigiev of Uzbekistan 2-1 in the final to claim Russia's fifth Beijing Olympic wrestling gold. The six-time world champion was also the winner at Sydney 1996 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Murad Gaidarov of Belarus and Kiril Terziev of Bulgaria took bronze medals.

Source: Xinhua

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