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Tagir Khaibulaev wins judo gold

8/2/2012 - Olympic Sports

LONDON -- Tagir Khaibulaev of Russia won the men's 100-kilogram Olympic judo gold medal on Thursday as Russian president Vladimir Putin and British prime minister David Cameron looked on.

Khaibulaev defeated defending Beijing champion Tuvshinbayar Naidan of Mongolia with a match-ending ippon throw that Putin and Cameron both stood to applaud.

Khaibulaev, 28, is world champion and has not lost at an international event since taking the title. Russia won two judo gold medals and a bronze earlier this week. They are the country's first judo golds since the breakup of the Soviet Union.

The bronze medals were won by Dimitri Peters of Germany and Henk Grol of the Netherlands.