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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 August, 2004, 17:43 GMT 18:43 UK
Ibrahim strikes Greco gold
Egypt's Karam Ibrahim celebrates victory in the 96kg class
Karam Ibrahim won Egypt's first Olympic gold medal since 1948 when he thrashed Georgian Ramaz Nozadze to take gold in the Greco-Roman wrestling 96kg class.

The powerful 24-year-old secured the title after only three minutes, 22 seconds of the bout, winning 12-1.

Ibrahim's winning margin equalled the scoreline in the semi-final in which he beat Mehmet Ozal of Turkey.

Ozal held on to beat Iranian Masoud Hashemzadeh in a close contest for the bronze medal.

South Korea's Jung Ji-hyun won gold in the 60kg category with a 3-0 overtime victory over Cuban Roberto Monzon Gonzalez.

Jung took an early 2-0 lead which he held for most of the bout but was unable to get the third point required for a win in the mandatory six minutes.

South Korea's Jung Ji-hyun (red) fights Bulgarian Armen Nazarian in the semis
Jung (red) won the 60kg class
He finally registered the decisive point after toppling Monzon from a clinch position early in extra-time.

Bulgarian Armen Nazarian beat Russian Alexey Shevtsov 4-3 to win the bronze.

Nazarian, who won gold in Atlanta in 1996 as an Armenian before winning another gold in Sydney for Bulgaria, overturned a 2-0 deficit against Shevtsov.

Shevtsov had earlier lost 6-3 to Monzon Gonzalez in one semi-final, while Jung progressed to the gold medal bout with a 3-1 win over Nazarian.

In the 74kg division, Alexandr Dokturishivili of Uzbekistan took the gold medal, beating Finland's Marko Yli-Hannuksela 3-1 on points.

Russia's Varteres Samourgachev beat Switzerland's Reto Bucher to take the bronze medal, winning by great superiority.





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