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Alimbeg Bestayev

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Name  Alimbeg Bestayev
Role  Olympic athlete
Died  1988

Alimbeg Borisovich Bestayev (Russian: Алимбег Борисович Бестаев, 15 August 1936–1988) was an Ossetian lightweight freestyle wrestler. Competing for the Soviet Union he won the world title in 1957 and an Olympic bronze medal in 1956.

Bestayev was born in South Ossetia and first trained in the Georgian style of wrestling chidaoba. He took up traditional wrestling in 1951, when his family moved to Vladikavkaz. He won his only Soviet title in 1955 and placed second in 1956. In 1956 he won the World Cup, and was selected for the 1956 Olympics. At the Olympics, he won his first three bouts by fall, but then lost to Gyula Tóth and Emam-Ali Habibi. He retired after placing second at the 1962 Soviet Championships to become a wrestling coach in Moscow.

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