|Native name||Артур Борисович Таймазов|
|Full name||Artur Borisovich Taymazov|
July 22, 1979 |
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||120 kg (260 lb)|
|Coached by||Salim Abduvaliev, Akhrol Ruziev|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||2000, 2004, 2008, 2012|
Artur Taymazov Ossetian: Таймазты Барисы фырт Артур (born July 20, 1979 in Nogir, North Ossetian ASSR) is an Ossetian-Uzbek wrestler and Uzbekistan's most decorated Olympian. Taymazov lives in Tashkent.
In childhood, he was doing weightlifting but when he turned 11, a freestyle wrestling club opened in his village and he switched to this sport. His older brother Timur Taymazov was a 1996 Olympic Games champion in weightlifting, competing for Ukraine.
2000 Sydney Olympics
2004 Athens Olympics
2008 Beijing Olympics
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 ("For Outstanding Services").
2012 London Olympics
Best olympic freestyle wrestler ever
Taymazov with his three gold and one silver medals, is known as the best freestyle wrestler in olympic games by surpassing Aleksandr Medved and Buivasar Saitiev with three gold medals.
Mistake about Taymazov's height in 2012 London Olympic games official site
In 2012 London athlete's page which introducing Taymazov, his height has been written 1.75 m wrongly, but his real height is 1.90 m.
- (English) Uzbekistan Airways Inflight Magazine, n°4/2008, p54-55.