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Sunday, 4 August, 2002, 13:16 GMT 14:16 UK

Jamaica clinch play-off thriller

Jamaica 55-53 England

England failed to repeat their achievement of four years ago as they lost a thrilling bronze medal play-off against Jamaica 55-53.

The hosts led early in the first quarter and scores were even for most of the second until Jamaica opened up a five-point lead in the third.

Backed by a capacity home crowd, England responded with five quick-fire goals to level it at 40-40, before Jamaica notched one to take it to 41-40 going into the fourth quarter.

"We're gutted at the result"
England boss Wai Taumaunu

The crowd erupted when England, bronze medallists in Kuala Lumpur, took the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter with seven minutes left on the clock.

But Jamaica led by one point in the final minute and a missed goal by England cost them the chance of a draw.

Afterwards, England performance director Wai Taumaunu congratulated Jamaica, but admitted she was "devastated" her side had not won a medal.

"We always seem to play better outside Jamaica"
Jamaica captain Oberon Pitterson

"The players are very disappointed because losing like that is hard to take, " she said.

The Jamaicans, ranked fourth in the world coming into the tournament, surpassed themselves in the tournament.

"It was just a great performance from all the girls," said Jamaica captain Oberon Pitterson. "I can't single anyone out for special praise.

Defending champions Australia won the gold with a sudden death 57-55 final win over New Zealand.

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