LONDON (AP) — Russian boxer Egor Mekhontsev won the light heavyweight gold medal on the second tiebreaker Sunday, squeaking past Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazakhstan in the men's Olympic tournament.
The fighters finished level at 15 points apiece, and the countback tiebreaker — which evaluates larger parts of the judges' total scores — also was level. The five judges then voted for their choice, and Mekhontsev claimed Russia's only boxing gold in London.
Mekhontsev was the world champion heavyweight in 2009, but moved down one weight class for London.
Niyazymbetov again finished as a runner-up, his same spot in last year's world championships.