Russia's Egor Mekhontcev narrowly won the light heavyweight gold medal in London this morning. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Russia's Egor Mekhontcev and Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov couldn't have fought more evenly, as the two light heavyweights vying for boxing gold in London this morning tied 15-15, countback produced a second level score, and the judges had to pick a winner.
The judges chose Mekhontcev, who trailed by a point after one, won the second round by a single point, and went level with Niyazymbetov in the third.
There was truly nothing between them in this fight, with opinions split on who might have deserved to nick it on the scorecards. In the end, the ringside judges simply had to make a pick, the first time we've seen that in the gold medal rounds this year, and just the second time overall in London.
Bronze medals in the division went to Yamaguchi Falcao of Brazil and Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine.
Men's Light Heavyweight (178 lbs/81kg) Medals
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