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Tuesday, 30 July, 2002, 21:03 GMT 22:03 UK

Fallon battles through to gold

Craig Fallon overcame a head injury to claim the first judo gold medal for England in the men's 60kg division.

The 19-year-old battled through three rounds at the GMEX in Manchester with a head injury he picked up in the opening round against Scotland's John Buchanan.

A gash above the eye could not prevent Fallon from making it through to the final, where a stunning dropped Kata Guruma shoulder wheel flipped India's Akram Shah for an Ippon win.

"It couldn't have gone better tonight, it is the best day of my year so far," said Fallon.

"I didn't expect it (the final) to be as short as that, I thought it would last the full five minutes."

Gary Cole of Wales beat Jean Claude Cameron, while Canada's Daniel Simard triumphed over Theodoros Mandrides to win bronze.


In the women's 48kg division, Carolyne Lepage of Canada beat Clare Lynch of England by Ippon for gold, with Fiona Roberson of Scotland and Alice Livinus of Nigeria taking bronze.

Said Lepage: "It's a relief to win a gold medal. I missed the Sydney Olympics through injury so I'm delighted.

"The Commonwealth Games is a great competition. It's all about the athletes and there's a tremendous spirit amongst the Canadian team."

Next up were the medal deciders in the men's under-66kg division - and there was further success for the United Kingdom fighters.

Timothy Davies of Wales grabbed a gold with victory over Constantinos Koyialis of Cyprus.

James Warren clinched the gold for England by defeating David Somerville.

In the final fights of the evening, Georgina Singleton wrapped-up a great night for the England team with gold in the 52kg division.

Lisa Bradley of Northern Ireland won silver, and the bronze went to Karen Cusack of Scotland and Australian Angela Raguz.

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