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Sunday, 28 July, 2002, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK

Saville eases Sydney pain

By John Haughey
BBC Sport Online in Manchester

Australian's Jane Saville helped ease the memory of her heartbreaking disqualification in the Sydney Olympics by taking the women's gold in the 20K walk.

The 27-year-old was infamously denied Olympic gold in her native country when she was given the red card just as she was about to enter the stadium.

However, she wasn't to be denied on this occasion as she won gold 11 seconds ahead of England's Lisa Kehler (1:36.34) while Fang Yuan Yu of Malaysia took bronze.

Saville's sister Natalie was just out of the medals in fourth place.

Australia's golden day was continued by Nathan Deakes who took gold in the men's 20K ahead of another fellow-country man Luke Adams with Kenyan's David Rotich in third.

King hearbreak

Deakes, who will go for a double in the 50km event on Tuesday, burst clear on the opening lap and at one stage looked set to threaten Francisco Fernandez' world record.

However, Deakes received a scare with a couple of warnings for lifting and eased off the gas in the closing stages.

There was heartbreak though for 19-year-old Essex youngster Dominic King, who looked comfortable in fourth place until his fifth lap disqualification.

Earlier in the day, Kerryn McCann had led a Australian clean sweep of the medals in the women's marathon.


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