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CW GAMES/BOXING Qamar bags gold, Pun settles for silver

Press Trust of India

Posted: Aug 03, 2002 at 2156 hrs IST

India's Mohammad Ali Qamar staged a dramatic fightback in the final of light flyweight category to beat Darran Langley of England and win the first boxing gold for the country in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester on Saturday.

Despite taking a standing count in the last round, Qamar wiped off a five-point deficit to emerge victorious by a narrow 27-25 margin in a fiercely fought encounter.

However, there was heartbreak for Som Bahadur Pun in the final of 57kg category when he was outclassed by Hyder Ali of Pakistan by a huge 10-28 margin.

Qamar, a quarter-finalist at the world championships last year, was trailing 9-14 after the second round and 17-22 after the third round in which Langley took a standing count after receiving a powerful blow from the Indian.

However, he made an amazing comeback in the last round, outscoring his rival 10-3 to bag the country's 24th gold in this 17th edition of the games.

The much-hyped India-Pakistan clash in the 57kg category was a one-sided affair as Hyder Ali used his better reach and reflexes to smother the diminutive Som Bahadur Pun.

Hyder Ali dominated right from start and kept increasing his lead after every round. Having taken a comfortable 22-10 lead after the third round, all that the Pakistani did in the last round was to avoid Pun who even invited his opponent once to come nearer and box.

But Pun managed just one point in the last round and had to settle for a silver medal. Hyder Ali claimed the first gold for the country in this games.

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