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Dirrell grabs bronze; Ward aims for gold

Updated: August 27, 2004, 9:23 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- The crowd booed Andre Ward when he walked into the arena, and cheered when he slipped on the canvas. Through the din, he heard a small group of friends and family chant "USA, USA" before even more boos drowned that out.

It was lonely enough being the last American boxer left in the Olympics. Now Ward had to find a way to deal with a hostile crowd in the stands and a tough Uzbek in the ring.

He managed to do it, but just barely, scoring two punches in the final seconds ...

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