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Sharifov of Azerbaijan wins Olympic wrestling gold

Saturday - 8/11/2012, 2:58pm  ET

LONDON (AP) - Sharif Sharifov of Azerbaijan won an Olympic wrestling gold medal in men's 84-kilogram freestyle, beating Jaime Yusept Espinal of Puerto Rico 6-1, 2-0 Saturday.

Sharifov, the defending world champion, beat American Jake Herbert in a quarterfinal that led to a post-match dispute between U.S. coach Zeke Jones and officials.

Sharifov bounced back with wins over three-time Asian champion Ehsan Naser Lashgari in the semifinals and Espinal in the final.

Espinal delivered just the second silver medal in Puerto Rico's Olympic history _ and the first medal of any kind by a Puerto Rican wrestler.

Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan won the 60-kilogram gold earlier Saturday.


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