USA Boxing

Russia's Chakhkiev wins boxing heavyweight gold

Aug. 23, 2008, 10:33 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Rakhim Chakhkiev of Russia has won the heavyweight boxing gold medal, avenging a loss to Italy's Clemente Russo at last year's world championships with a 4-2 victory.

Chakhkiev is the only Russian to win gold so far from a touted 11-man boxing team that had an awful Olympics. He got the decisive points late in his gritty bout Saturday with Russo, the world champion after beating Chakhkiev last fall.

Chakhkiev is the first non-Cuban to win the Olympic heavyweight title since 1988 and just the third non-Cuban to win it since George Foreman's victory in 1968. Cuba's heavyweight, Osmai Acosta, lost to Chakhkiev in the semifinals.

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