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Real LifeBUDAPEST, Hungary - The legend of Jordan Burroughs continues to grow.
Not only did the unflappable Burroughs continue his incredible run by winning a gold medal at the World Wrestling Championships.
He did it on a left ankle that he broke less than a month ago.
Burroughs kept his composure in earning a gritty 4-0 win over Iran's Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei in the men's freestyle finals at 74 kg/163 lbs. on Wednesday night at the Papp Laszlo Sports Arena.
Burroughs captured his third straight gold medal after striking gold at the 2011 Worlds and the 2012 Olympics.
Burroughs turned in an amazing performance considering he broke his ankle less than a month ago during a practice at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He broke his ankle Aug. 22, had surgery the next day and said he didn't resume live wrestling until arriving in Budapest less than a week ago.
"The doctor put five screws in my left ankle," Burroughs said.
"It's definetly the biggest win of my career. It's special, real special."
Burroughs scored on pushouts in the first and second periods to build a 2-0 lead against his defensive-minded finals opponent from Iran. He then spun behind for a huge takedown.