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Gardner leaves shoes, legacy behind

Updated: August 25, 2004, 11:19 PM ET
By Sherry Skalko | ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- Rulon Gardner wasn't going to let go of Sajad Barzi. With the 6-foot-5 Iranian firmly in his grasp, Gardner used every ounce of his 265-pound frame to drive the Iranian face down into the mat. As Barzi got up and approached the referee about the call, Gardner began untying the top of his shoelaces.

After the referee raised Gardner's hand in victory -- first to one side of the arena, then to the other -- Gardner grabbed an American flag, wiped away tears and parked ...

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