BBC Home
Explore the BBC



Last Updated: Saturday August 23 2008 13:32 GMT

More gold in day of Olympic drama

British boxer James DeGale

British boxer James DeGale is the new Olympic middleweight champion after winning Britain's 19th gold medal.

Despite being bitten on the chest by his opponent, DeGale held on to beat Cuba's Emilio Correa Bayeaux 16-14.

Earlier, Sarah Stevenson fought back to take the bronze in taekwondo after a day of Olympic drama in Beijing.

The 25-year-old lost her quarter-final to China's Chen Zhong after judges missed one of her kicks, but she appealed and was given another chance.

Sarah Stevenson (in red) after her 'defeat' in the quarter-finals
Sarah Stevenson was shocked by the judges' decision in her quarter final
It's the first time a result has been reversed in this way.

Unfortunately, Stevenson went on to lose her semi-final to Mexico's Maria del Rosario Espinoza, but she beat Noha Abd Rabo in the fight for the bronze.

After becoming Britain's first ever Olympic medallist in taekwondo, Stevenson said: "I didn't come for bronze but I'm really happy.

"I tried really hard and I knew I was going to be ready for the bronze medal fight."

Other medals

Elsewhere, Tim Brabants added a bronze medal for the 500m kayak race to the gold he won on Friday in the 1,000m race.

But there was disappointment in the relays, with both the men's and women's 4x400m British teams missing out on medals.

Team GB are now fourth in the medals table behind China, America and Russia.