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Zou wins China's first boxing gold medal

8/24/2008

BEIJING -- Zou Shiming has won China's first gold medal in
boxing after Mongolian light flyweight Serdamba Purevdorj retired
early in the second round of their title bout with an apparent
shoulder injury.

The victory earned the host nation its 50th gold medal of the
games.

Zou had a 1-0 lead after a tentative first round Sunday, but the
Mongolian coach literally threw in the towel just 19 seconds into
the second. Purevdorj had been fighting with his right arm handing
limply at his side, though he was able to throw some punches with
it.

Zou's victory fulfills four years of high expectations for the
two-time world champion, whose bronze medal in Athens was China's
first in a sport long banned by Mao.

Super Heavyweight

Roberto Cammarelle of Italy has won the super
heavyweight boxing gold medal in the final Olympic bout, stopping
China's Zhang Zhilei in the final round.

Cammarelle is the defending world champion and a bronze winner
in Athens. He picked apart the larger Zhang with combinations and
sharp hooks Sunday before staggering him to the canvas early in the
fourth round.

The referee stopped the bout 19 seconds into the round because
of the serious head blow.

Cammarelle emphatically prevented China from winning its third
boxing gold of the day. China and Russia paced the overall Beijing
tournament with two gold medals apiece, while Cuba led with eight
total medals -- but no golds.

Light Heavyweight

Light heavyweight Zhang Xiaoping won China's
second boxing gold medal, beating Kenny Egan of Ireland 11-7.

About two hours after light flyweight favorite Zou Shiming made
history Sunday with China's first gold medal in a sport long banned
by Mao, Zhang added a more surprising title in his best
international result to date.

Zhang upset two medal favorites on his way to the title bout. He
took an early lead and held it in a good-looking fight against
Egan, who repeatedly struggled to land scoring punches despite an
active attack.

Welterweight

Bakhyt Sarsekbayev of Kazakhstan has won the
welterweight boxing gold medal, upsetting Cuban favorite Carlos
Banteaux 18-9.

Sarsekbayev had little international success before the
Olympics, but he was quicker and more accurate than Banteaux on
Sunday. Sarsekbayev controlled the bout to win Kazakhstan's fifth
boxing gold.

Banteaux's loss means amateur powerhouse Cuba failed to win a
boxing gold medal in a games it didn't boycott for the first time
since 1968. After traveling to Beijing without any of its five
defending gold medalists, the young Cuban team will win four silver
medals and four bronze medals.

Lightweight

Alexey Tishchenko of Russia has won his second
Olympic boxing gold medal, surviving a tight bout against Daouda
Sow of France for an 11-9 victory in the lightweight competition.

Tishchenko won the featherweight gold medal in Athens and a
world championship in 2005 before moving up in weight. His victory
Sunday gave Russia only its second boxing gold in Beijing, a
disappointing showing for the 11-man team.

Tishchenko hung on to a narrow lead against Sow, the surprising
silver medalist. Tishchenko got the decisive point with 13 seconds
left, sending Sow's coaches into a demonstrative protest.