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Enkhbat wins Mongolia's first boxing gold

Aug. 24, 2008, 2:31 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Bantamweight Badar-Uugan Enkhbat has won Mongolia's first gold medal in boxing, beating Cuba's Yankiel Leon 16-5.

Enkhbat surged to an early lead Sunday with thousands of raucous Mongolian fans behind him. He easily held off Leon, the third Cuban to lose a gold-medal bout in less than 24 hours.

Enkhbat, the world championship runner-up, captured just the second Olympic gold medal in any sport for Mongolia. Tuvshinbayar Naidan won the first in judo last week.

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