Artur Taymazov

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Artur Taymazov
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Personal information
Native nameАртур Борисович Таймазов
Full nameArtur Borisovich Taymazov
Born (1979-07-22) 22 July 1979 (age 39)
Nogir, North Ossetia
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight120 kg (265 lb)
ClubDynamo Tashkent
Coached bySalim Abduvaliev
Akhrol Ruziev
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals2000, 2004, 2008, 2012

Artur Taymazov (Ossetian: Таймазты Барисы фырт Артур; Russian: Артур Борисович Таймазов; born 20 July 1979) is an Ossetian-Uzbek-Russian wrestler and politician. He is Uzbekistan's most decorated Olympian. In 2016, he was elected to the 7th State Duma of the Russian Federation representing United Russia.[1]

On 5 April 2017 it was announced that as a result of retesting samples he had been disqualified from the 2008 Olympics for a drug violation, and his gold medal withdrawn.[2]

Early life[edit]

In childhood, he was doing weightlifting but when he turned 11, a freestyle wrestling club opened in his village and he decided to wrestle. His older brother Tymur Taymazov was a 1996 Olympic Games champion in weightlifting, competing for Ukraine.


2000 Sydney Olympics[edit]

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.

2004 Athens Olympics[edit]

In the 2004 Games in Athens he became Uzbekistan's first multiple-medalist after winning gold in the 120 kg weight class.

2008 Beijing Olympics[edit]

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[3] ("For Outstanding Services").

His urine sample was retested in 2016, and he was found to be taking a banned substance. He is now stripped of his medal with his 2012 results as pending.

2012 London Olympics[edit]

In the 2012 Games in London he won his third consecutive Gold Medal by beating Davit Modzmanashvili of Georgia in the final by 2-0.

The athlete's page which introduced Taymazov, his height was wrongly shown as 1.75 m, but his actual height was 1.90 m.[4]


  1. ^ В Госдуму прошел одномандатник из Северной Осетии Артур Таймазов (in Russian). Regnum. 19 September 2016.
  2. ^ "IOC sanctions three athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008 and London 2012". IOC. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  3. ^ (in English) Uzbekistan Airways Inflight Magazine, n°4/2008, p54-55.
  4. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Artur Taymazov". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.

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