David Taylor Feels Pretty Good to Beat Hassan Yazdani

David Taylor Feels Pretty Good to Beat Hassan Yazdani

TEHRAN (Tasnim)- David Taylor feels pretty good since he seized the most important moment of his wrestling life by beating Iranian wrestler Hassan Yazdani.

The American scored a double-leg takedown with 17 seconds remaining to beat Yazdani 4-3 on Thursday night and claim the gold medal in the freestyle 86-kilogram class.

“There was no way I wasn't going to find a way,” he said “It's the gold medal, man. I was going to rip my arms off if I had to.”

Taylor expected a tough match from the man nicknamed "The Greatest." Yazdani, the No. 1 seed, won the 74-kilogram class at the 2016 Olympics.

“I like to win 10-0, but getting it done in the last seconds feels pretty good, too,” Taylor said.

He took advantage of Yazdani's decision to be cautious.

“I think he only tried three times to score,” Taylor said. “I always say that if you want to be the best in the world, you need to take people down twice. You need to get two takedowns. I needed two takedowns.”

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