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Roman Vlasov of Russia wins Olympic gold medal in men's 74-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling

08/05/2012 04:24 EDT | Updated 10/05/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - Roman Vlasov of Russia won the Olympic gold medal in men's 74-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling Sunday.

Vlasov, who hails from the same Siberian town that produced legendary champion Aleksandr Karelin, beat Armenia's Arsen Julfalakyan 1-0, 1-0 in the final.

The 21-year-old Vlasov also won the world championships in 2011 and has put himself in position to dominate this weight class for years to come.

Turkey's Selcuk Cebi, the two-time world champion who Vlasov beat at the world championships last year, was knocked out after his first match.

Lithuania's Aleksandr Kazakevic and Azerbaijan's Emin Ahmadov won bronze medals.

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