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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Wrestles With Medal Count


ATLANTA -- Russia's wrestlers won two gold medals and two boxers advanced to the final round, but its women's basketball team was eliminated from play by Australia.

Wednesday's two gold medals gave Russia 21 total through Wednesday, six back of leaders U.S. and six up on third-place China.

The two wrestling winners were Vadim Bogiev at 68 kilograms and Khadzhimurad Magomedov at 82 kilograms.

Bogiev defeated American Townsend Saunders by referee's decision, while Magomedov was a 2-1 winner over Yang Hyun-mo of South Korea.

"I made some errors in the last couple of minutes," Yang said. "I will do my best to be sitting here in the year 2000 with the gold medal."

In boxing, world super heavyweight champion Alexei Lezin advanced to the Olympic semifinals with a 9-5 win over Germany's Rene Monse.

Lezin won the battle of big left-handers in the second round, stretching a 2-1 lead into a 6-2 margin that Monse was never able to overcome.

Monse, bleeding from the nose, closed to within three points twice in the third round but was never able to get any closer.

Lezin, who is guaranteed at least a bronze medal with the win, advanced to fight Vladimir Klichko of the Ukraine, who stopped Sweden's Attila Levin in the first round of their bout.

Another Russian also made the semifinals, but by the narrowest of margins.

Albert Pakeev had to rally to score a left hand with nine seconds left in his 51-kilos bout with Daniel Reyes of Colombia to pull into a 13-13 tie as the fight ended.

That meant the bout would go to the tiebreaker system, in which the total punches landed on three scorecards are counted.

Pakeev won by a 64-49 margin on those cards.

But another two Russians lost in their bid for Olympic medals.

Ramaz Paliani, who won a bronze medal in 1992 in Barcelona, dropped a 13-4 decision at 57 kilos to Kamsing Somluck of Thailand.

Kamsing dominated in the second round, using three scoring blows in the final 38 seconds to take a 7-1 lead that he would never relinquish.

Also losing was Edward Zaharov, who fell 15-7 to Cuba's Hector Vinent in a 63.5-kilo bout.

The women's basketball team dropped a hard-fought affair to Australia. Sandy Brondello made five of six free throws in overtime to lead the Australians to a 74-70 victory and a berth in the semifinals, where they will face the United States, which beat Japan 108-93 in the other semifinal. ()