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DeGale sparkles on way to final

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Video - DeGale gains place in final

Britain's James DeGale secured a silver by reaching the middleweight final but Tony Jeffries and David Price will take bronze after losing their semi-finals.

DeGale stylishly disposed of Ireland's Darren Sutherland 10-3 in their fight to earn his chance to win a gold medal.

Jeffries was next up but suffered the reverse score as he was outclassed by Ireland's light-heavyweight Kenny Egan.

Price was stopped in round two by Italy's Roberto Cammarelle, whose power was too much for the super-heavyweight.

DeGale, though, will fight Cuba's Emilio Correa on Saturday to determine who will be crowned Olympic champion.

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Video - Price pummelled by world champion

The southpaw was in top form in his bout against Sutherland and led 3-1 after round two, picking off his man as he retreated by using his footwork to excellent effect.

And he boxed superbly to lead 8-2 after the third and sealed the win with masterclass in how to fight off the back foot.

It was the fifth time DeGale and Sutherland had met, with the British southpaw having been successful on only one occasion.

DeGale told BBC Sport: "Like I said before, the dream is coming true - this is fantastic.

"This is my scene. The pressure was on me, he has beaten me four times before and he is strong, he has such raw strength.

"But I got through it - my training, my tactics were perfect. It was all spot on.

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Video - Ireland's Egan outfoxes GB's Jeffries

"I've made it to the Olympic final, it's unbelievable. Now I want to hear my national anthem - and it will make me cry!"

Sutherland insisted he was happy with his performance and revealed the fight was his last as an amateur.

"My career is only starting, you wait until I turn professional," he told BBC Sport. "That was my last amateur fight, I will be turning professional after these Games.

"I am absolutely delighted with the bronze medal. DeGale boxed to the computer, that is his style - he is a runner. It's not my style, I like to fight.

"But fair play to him, I am not a sore loser at all. Good luck to him in the final and I hope he can go on to win the gold."

Standing in the way of DeGale and the ultimate prize is Correa, who beat India's Vijender Kumar 8-5.

After two tight rounds, Correa dominated the third to put daylight between himself and Kumar before a two-point penalty in the last for the Cuban kept things close to the final bell.

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I'm disappointed with myself - Price

Correa is aiming to emulate his father, who won gold at the 1972 Olympics.

GB's boxing team captain Price was distraught after his defeat, but admitted he had been comprehensively beaten after failing to recover from a woefully slow start.

He told BBC Sport: "It was a disaster. All the good work that I put in, it has all just gone. I am disappointed with myself.

"The way the bout went, I should have took it by the scruff of the neck, but I didn't. He jumped on me straight away.

"I am not going to make excuses, the best man won on the night and I will take defeat as a sportsman.

"I am happy with the medal but the way it has turned out in the end is a big disappointment."




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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