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Ali Gurbuz triumph in Kırkpınar oil wrestling

on Sunday won the coveted golden belt at the ancient 658th festival held in Turkey's northwestern Edirne province.

The epic battle between two strong wrestlers, Gürbüz and defending title holder Orhan Okulu was not concluded in normal time, with both of them preferring a passive style.

However, in the extra time, Gürbüz managed to win the match when Okulu lost his balance following an aggressive play, seizing the opportunity at the 50th minute of the epic match.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu separately congratulated Gürbüz.

The Oil Wrestling Festival started on Friday, it is one of the world's s oldest sports events -- ranking second after the Olympics -- and has been held annually in the province since 1362.

In traditional oil wrestling, viewed as "ancestor sports" by Turks, wrestlers engage in a physical and mental struggle without the use of any equipment; the matches may last up to five hours.

Oil wrestlers wear leather pants, rub olive oil on their bodies and tackle each other on grass fields to be the last man standing, which will earn them the title of (Başpehlivan) and the right to wear the prestigious golden belt for a year.

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