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Cuban Boxer Cruz Wins Olympic Gold in Heavyweight Category

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Boxing - Men's Heavyweight - Final - Kokugikan Arena - Tokyo, Japan - August 6, 2021. Julio Cesar La Cruz of Cuba in action against Muslim Gadzhimagomedov of the Russian Olympic Committee
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TOKYO (Sputnik) - Cuban boxer Julio César La Cruz defeated Russia's Muslim Gadzhimagomedov in the heavyweight category finals at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Friday.

Cruz became a two-time Olympic champion following his 5-0 victory, adding a new title after winning at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

With two more days of boxing left in Tokyo, Cuba has claimed three golds in the sport (before Cruz, welterweight Roniel Iglesias and light heavyweight Arlen Lopez also snagged gold).

Both the Russian and Japanese teams have each won one gold medal. Eight more titles remain to be decided.

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