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Boltic of Nigeria wins freestyle wrestling 96kg gold

other Updated: Oct 09, 2010 19:10 IST
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Nigeria's Sinvie Boltic took the final gold of the day in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games Saturday, coming from behind to defeat Canadian Korey Jarvis by the slimmest of margins with seconds left.

It was one of the most gripping contests of the day, but most of the partisan crowd at the once-full Indira Gandhi arena had left by the final hooter, with no home interest in the bout.

Bearded Jarvis was more aggressive in the opening exchanges but was unable to dominate Boltic, and the two ended the tense first bout 0-0, with the Nigerian handed the advantage by the referee.

Neither grappler would give an inch in the second until Jarvis, picked for the tournament as a last-minute replacement, earned a single by shoving his opponent from the ring to make it one session each.

The Canadian went full steam in the decider, nailing a single for a leg take-down before being awarded a brace for a well-executed throw.

But Boltic scraped back in with his own single before grabbing the Canadian's leg with seven seconds to go, shoving him out and tying the session at 2-2.

The referee awarded Boltic the match, causing Jarvis to march off, clearly upset at his last-minute defeat.

"Nigeria and Canada both have very good and aggresive wrestlers," Boltic said. Asked about his training regime, he said: "The mind should always come first and physical strength, second."