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Thursday, 1 August, 2002, 19:13 GMT 20:13 UK

Gill completes medal set

By Mike Burnett
BBC Sport Online at the G-Mex

Canada's Nicolas Gill finally completed his set of judo honours by clinching the under 90kg Commonwealth Games title on Thursday.

And there was joy, too, for heavyweight Nacanieli Qerewaqa, who claimed Fiji's first gold medal of the Games.

Two-time Olympic medallist Gill showed why he is one of the greatest internationals to come from Canada by beating England's Sam Delahay in the final.

Beaten semi-finalists Martin Kelly of Australia and Mauritius' Antonio Felicite won the play-off fights to take bronze.

"It's a historic night for Fiji"
Nacanieli Qerewaqa

"The Commonwealth Games are always very special," Gill said afterwards.

"The motivation here comes from the hostile crowd and the media around."

Gill has now won medals at every possible level - including a silver at Sydney 2000, a bronze at Barcelona in 1992, and three medals at the World Championships - over the last decade.

It also marks a welcome return for the 10-time national champion, having last competed at the Auckland Games in 1990, when judo made it first and only prior appearance at the multi-sport event.

Weight advantage

On that occasion, he went home empty-handed. But 12 years later Montreal's star export has finally fulfilled his dream.

In the other men's final, Qerewaqa grabbed Fiji's first gold medal of the Games with his victory over England's Daniel Sargent in the over 100kg category.

Qerawaqa, known as Takayawa in Fiji, used his 15kg weight advantage to good effect as he overwhelmed his English opponent in a challenging contest.

"It's a historic night for Fiji," said the popular heavyweight. "I would like to thank the almighty heavenly Father, my parents who have contributed to this success, and my family back home."

It was Fiji's second medal of the night after Sisilia Nasiga grabbed bronze in the women's under 70kg category.


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