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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 August, 2004, 11:00 GMT 12:00 UK
Round-by-round: Khan v Kindelan
All the action as Great Britain's Amir Khan is beaten to the Olympic lightweight gold medal by defending champion Mario Kindelan of Cuba.


MARIO KINDELAN V AMIR KHAN
Mario Kindelan (left) and Amir Khan
33------------Age-------------17
Cuban--------Nat---------British
5ft 5ins-----Height----5ft 10ins
2-------Head-to-head--------0
Round four:
Khan spends the final round on the front foot but is unable to get near the wily Kindelan, who hovers on the edge of Khan's scope and keeps his own points tally ticking over. Khan builds to a powerful finish but leaves himself too much to do, though they share the last round 8-8.
Final score: Khan 22-30 Kindelan

Round three:
Kindelan edges further ahead, moving quickly in to strike and then escaping before Khan can can react. The gap reaches nine points before Khan grabs a couple of much-needed points back.
Score: Khan 14-22 Kindelan

Round two:
Kindelan goes ahead for the first time as he catches Khan by surprise. He takes the round convincingly (11-5), using all his experience to pick off Khan at will.
Score: Khan 9-14 Kindelan

Round one:
Khan scores the first point of the bout in a cagey first round as both boxers size each other up. Khan comes off best in two notable exchanges to take an early lead.
Score: Khan 4-3 Kindelan

1242: Amir Khan enters the ring to tumultuous applause from the massed British supporters. He appears edgy but determined. His opponent Mario Kindelan jogs to the ring looking confident.

1238: Amir Khan's club coach Mick Jelley says his young charge is the most relaxed he has ever been and shook hands with Mario Kindelan in the dressing room.

1233: British sprint relay gold medallist Marlon Devonish is at ringside to cheer on his young team-mate and tips Amir Khan to win.

1222: Hordes of flag-waving British fans watch as Cuba's Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz beats Thailand's Worapoj Petchkoom in the bantamweight final, and hope it's not an ominous sign of the form of the Cubans.

1205: GB boxing coach Terry Edwards predicts an Amir Khan victory, saying: "He's a youngster, he's got that winning attitude. Every bout he's been on the up and Kindelan has plateaued a bit."

1200 BST: Anticipation builds as 17-year-old Amir Khan from Bolton bids to become the youngest boxer since American legend Floyd Patterson in 1952 to win an Olympic gold medal.

Despite his impressive Olympic debut, the Briton faces a stiff task against the experienced 33-year-old Olympic champion.

And in Kindelan's favour, he convincingly beat Khan on points in their only other meeting in Athens in May.





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