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Saturday, 3 August, 2002, 13:12 GMT 14:12 UK

Ugoalah takes gold

Nicholas Ugoalah beat India's Anuj Kumar 4-1 just nine seconds into overtime to clinch gold for Canada on Saturday in the 84kg category at Manchester's G-Mex Centre.

Earlier in the evening Nigeria's Sinivie Boltic beat England's Jatinder Singh to the bronze medal.

"I am really disappointed not to have got a medal "
England's Jatinder Singh

Despite the 6-1 defeat, the Englishman attempted to remain upbeat.

He said: "I am really disappointed not to have got a medal, but I have to look on the bright side too.

"Six months ago I did not think I would make the team, two months ago I did not think I would win a match and two days ago I did not think I would have the chance of a medal even."

India's Palwinder Singh Cheema beat Eric Ronald Kirschner of Canada in the 120kg category on technical superiority.

Mushtaq Rasem Abdullah of Australia took the bronze with a 6-1 win over Scotland's Douglas Thomson.

In the 55kg class, India's Krishan Kumar pipped Canada's Mikheil Japaridze 6-4 for the gold medal.

Shaun Williams of South Africa took bronze.

Ramesh Kumar added India's third gold after fighting off the pain from a knee injury to hold on for a 3-2 win over Canadian Graham Ewers in the 66kg category.

Nigeria's Fred Jessey made up the medal podium.

"It was just a great feeling to actually score some points against him "
Nate Ackerman on Daniel Igali

Earlier on Saturday, world and Olympic champion Daniel Igali made a strong start to the 74kg category with two wins in his elimination pool.

The Canadian beat Nate Ackerman of England 9-4, and followed up with a 5-1 win over Pakistan's Muhammad Ali.

In the 60kg category, Paul Stridgeon of England suffered two losses without scoring a point, while team-mate Johannes Roussouw went down 6-0 to Canada's Dean Schmeichel in the 96kg class.

Scotland's Stevie McKeown began with a 74kg victory over Eric Walucho, but was then thrashed 11-0 by Australian Rein Ozoline in just one minute 21 seconds.


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