Miami Valley athlete wins gold in Tokyo

Japan 2020

United States’ David Morris Taylor III celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men’s 86kg Freestyle wrestling event at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

TOKYO (WDTN) – A gold medal is coming back to the Miami Valley.

David Taylor won gold in the men’s freestyle wrestling Thursday morning. Taylor took the lead to win in the last 20 seconds of the match against Iranian Wrestler Hassan Yazdani in the 86-kilogram weight class.

Taylor scored a double-leg takedown with 17 seconds remaining to beat Iran’s Hassan Yazdani 4-3 and claim wrestling gold in the men’s freestyle 86-kilogram class.

Yazdani, the No. 1 seed, won the 74kg class at the 2016 Olympics.

San Marino’s Myles Amine defeated India’s Deepak Punia 4-2 for bronze. It was the first-ever Olympic wrestling medal for the country with about 34,000 people.

In the other bronze medal match, the Russian Olympic Committee’s Artur Naifonov defeated Uzbekistan’s Javrail Shapiev 2-0.

Taylor attended Graham Local Schools in Saint Paris and won the world championship in 2018.

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