It was a memorable night for Azerbaijan at the ExCeL as Toghrul Asgarov and Sharif Sharifov claimed Wrestling gold.
Asgarov took the title in the men’s 60kg Freestyle competition, beating Besik Kudukhov, who took bronze in Beijing four years ago, but had to settle for silver this time.
Asgarov edged the first period after a single throw, but turned on the style in the second, throwing Kudukhov and pushing him off the mat to secure Azerbaijan’s first Wrestling gold of London 2012.
USA’s Coleman Scott and Yogeshwar Dutt of India both won bronze after emerging victorious from this evening’s repechage.
And Azerbaijan claimed their second gold within the space of an hour soon after when Sharifov beat Jaime Yusept Espinal of Puerto Rico in the final of the 84kg Freestyle.
Sharifov was the favourite to win gold after winning last year’s World Championships and he did not disappoint, seeing off a spirited fight from his opponent to record a 6-1 2-0 win.
Espinal scored a remarkable 37 points en route to the final – far more than any of his rivals – but his inexperience in international finals showed in the showdown.
The Puerto Rican’s poor defence allowed Sharifov to throw him twice in the opening period and two simple scores in the second period were enough to seal victory.
Georgia’s Dato Marsagishvili and Iranian wrestler Ehsan Naser Lashgari won bronze in the category.