Allen John won golf gold at the Deaflympics ©German Deaf Sports Association

Allen John claimed golf gold after a thrilling one shot victory following an extra hole in the men's matchplay final at the 23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun today.

The German player edged a topsy-turvy contest with British rival Paul Waring at the Samsun Golf Club.

John, a former professional, was always favourite for gold but had to dig deep against a strong opponent.

Britain also took bronze courtesy of Steven Cafferty.

He defeated Lasse Emil Nielsen of Denmark by a single shot in the bronze medal match.

An extra hole was also required in the corresponding women's final after an equally thrilling contest.

United States' Kaylin Yost eventually triumphed with an 19th hole victory over Diksha Dagar of India.

Norway's Andrea Hjellegjerde gained a more comfortable three hole win over Germany's Amelie Gonzalez Podbicanin in the bronze medal match.

Today also marked the final day of competition at the Samsun Olympic Swimming Pool.

It saw Russia's Andrei Zhivaev set a Deaflympic record of 23.44sec to win the men's 50 metres freestyle by one tenth of a second in front of American Matthew Klotz.

Another Russian in Ilya Sarykin took bronze in 23.77.

Russia has now won 63 gold and 138 total medals in comparison with just 17 golds and 71 medals for second placed Ukraine.

More than 3,000 athletes from 97 countries are taking part at the premier event for deaf athletes in the Black Sea city.

They are competing in 20 sports - athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bowling, road cycling, football, golf, handball, judo, karate, mountain bike, orienteering, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball and wrestling.