Ryota Murata of Japan celebrates at the end of his match against Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan following their men's Middleweight (75kg) boxing semi-finals of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the ExCel Arena August 10, 2012 in London. Murata advances to the final on a close 13-12 points decision. AFP PHOTO / Jack GUEZ (Photo credit: JACK GUEZ/AFP/GettyImages)
LONDON (AP) - Middleweight Ryota Murata won the second boxing gold medal in Japan's Olympic history Saturday night, edging Brazil's Esquiva Falcao 14-13.
Murata is the only Japanese man to win gold in boxing since Takao Sakurai won at bantamweight at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Murata squeaked out the victory on the strength of a two-point penalty for an unclear offense by Falcao in the third round. Murata led after two rounds, but Falcao put on an impressive third-round rally.
Falcao and his brother, Yamaguchi, both fell just short of winning Brazil's first Olympic boxing gold, with Yamaguchi winning a bronze medal as a light heavyweight.
Brazil had won just one boxing medal in its entire Olympic history before the Falcao brothers came through in London.
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