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Briton DeGale wins boxing medal

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Video - DeGale forces his way to a medal

British middleweight James DeGale secured at least a bronze medal by beating Kazakhstan's Bakhtiyar Artayev.

The 22-year-old Londoner let fly with a sharp left to land the only scoring punch of a cautious opening round.

Working off the back foot, DeGale nicked another point with a lunging right before trading blows and coming out on top 4-1 at the end of round two.

DeGale edged the next round to take a four-point lead into the last and boxed with superb control to seal an 8-3 win.

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It was a stunning performance from the Briton, who never looked in trouble against an opponent who won welterweight gold four years ago and was named the outstanding boxer in Athens.

Artayev had also beaten the world number one Matvey Korobov in his opening fight in Beijing.

DeGale told BBC Sport: "It was a fantastic win. You have to hit and move in amateur boxing and you will win - and I am good at it. I kept my focus and kept a nice high guard.

"I was dreaming about this at home on my couch and now the dream is coming true."

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Video - DeGale sets sights on gold medal

DeGale will now go on to fight Ireland's Darren Sutherland in Friday's first semi-final.

Sutherland produced an outstanding display to dispatch world silver medallist Alfonso Blanco Parra in their quarter-final.

DeGale and Sutherland have met five times before, with the Irishman winning four of the fights and losing only one.

But DeGale insisted: "I know I've got a losing record but it'll be different this time.

"I'm going to hit and move, not stay static, and combat him right with the tactics. Hopefully now I can go on and win the gold."


Boxing medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forChina 2 1 1 4
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg) 1 0 0
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg 1 0 0
Men's Super Heavy Weight (+91k 0 1 0
Men's Welter Weight (69kg) 0 0 1
2 also show each event results forRussia 2 0 1 3
Men's Fly Weight (51kg) 0 0 1
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg) 1 0 0
Men's Light Weight (60kg) 1 0 0
3 also show each event results forItaly 1 1 1 3
Men's Fly Weight (51kg) 0 0 1
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg) 0 1 0
Men's Super Heavy Weight (+91k 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forMongolia 1 1 0 2
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg) 1 0 0
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg) 0 1 0
5 also show each event results forThailand 1 1 0 2
Men's Fly Weight (51kg) 1 0 0
Men's Light Welter Weight (64k 0 1 0
6 also show each event results forGreat Britain 1 0 2 3
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg 0 0 1
Men's Middle Weight (75kg) 1 0 0
Men's Super Heavy Weight (+91k 0 0 1
7 also show each event results forKazakhstan 1 0 1 2
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg 0 0 1
Men's Welter Weight (69kg) 1 0 0
8 also show each event results forUkraine 1 0 1 2
Men's Feather Weight (57kg) 1 0 0
Men's Super Heavy Weight (+91k 0 0 1
9 also show each event results forDominican Rep 1 0 0 1
Men's Light Welter Weight (64k 1 0 0
10 also show each event results forCuba 0 4 4 8
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg) 0 1 0
Men's Fly Weight (51kg) 0 1 0
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg) 0 0 1
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg) 0 0 1
Men's Light Weight (60kg) 0 0 1
Men's Light Welter Weight (64k 0 0 1
Men's Middle Weight (75kg) 0 1 0
Men's Welter Weight (69kg) 0 1 0
11 also show each event results forFrance 0 2 1 3
Men's Feather Weight (57kg) 0 1 0
Men's Light Weight (60kg) 0 1 0
Men's Light Welter Weight (64k 0 0 1
12 also show each event results forIreland 0 1 2 3
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg) 0 0 1
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg 0 1 0
Men's Middle Weight (75kg) 0 0 1
13 also show each event results forArmenia 0 0 1 1
Men's Light Weight (60kg) 0 0 1
14 also show each event results forAzerbaijan 0 0 1 1
Men's Feather Weight (57kg) 0 0 1
15 also show each event results forIndia 0 0 1 1
Men's Middle Weight (75kg) 0 0 1
16 also show each event results forMauritius 0 0 1 1
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg) 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forRep of Moldova 0 0 1 1
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg) 0 0 1
18 also show each event results forSouth Korea 0 0 1 1
Men's Welter Weight (69kg) 0 0 1
19 also show each event results forTurkey 0 0 1 1
Men's Feather Weight (57kg) 0 0 1
20 also show each event results forUSA 0 0 1 1
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg) 0 0 1

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