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Russia takes gold in 20km walk and wrestling at 96 kilograms
21.08.2008 17:24
Russia takes gold in 20km walk and wrestling at 96 kilograms
Olga Kaniskina

Olga Kaniskina and Shirvani Muradov have taken Olympic gold today. Olga Kaniskina has set a new Olympic record.
      Olga Kaniskina won the Womens 20km Walk with a timing of 1 hour 26.31 minutes on 21st August 2008, Thursday, setting a new Olympic record. Kjersti Tysse Platzer from Norway landed silver with 1 hour 27.07 minutes. Elisa Rigaudo of Italy had bronze with 1 hour 27.12 minutes.
      In spite of the heavy rain Olga Kaniskina, the present world champion, aged 23, was leading in the race from the start what resulted in the gold medal for Russia.
      Shirvani Muradov, taking the place of one of the world's most successful wrestlers over the last four years, has won the Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medal at 96 kilograms.
      Muradov defeated Taimuraz Tigiyev of Kazakhstan 1-0, 1-0 for the gold medal.
      The 23-year-old Muradov beat out 2004 Olympic champion and three-time reigning world champion Khadshimourad Gatsalov to make Russia's Olympic team. Gatsalov had won every major world title since 2004.


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