Britain's Campbell leads 1st night of boxing golds

(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

By GREG BEACHAM

AP Sports Writer

LONDON (AP) Bantamweight Luke Campbell won Britain's first Olympic boxing gold medal in his division since 1908, dramatically knocking down rival John Joe Nevin of Ireland midway through the third round of a 14-11 victory Saturday night.

Zou Shiming of China defended his light flyweight gold medal from Beijing with a 13-10 victory over Thailand's Kaeo Pongprayoon, who angrily protested the result.

Light welterweight Roniel Iglesias beat Ukraine's Denys Berinchyk 22-15 for Cuba's first boxing gold in London after failing to win gold in Beijing.

Middleweight Ryota Murata narrowly won the second boxing gold medal in Japan's Olympic history, beating Brazil's Esquiva Falcao 14-13 on the strength of a two-point holding penalty against Falcao in the final round.

Ukrainian heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk capped the night with a 14-11 gold-medal victory over Clemente Russo of Italy, celebrating with a nimble Cossack dance in the center of the ring.

Updated August 11, 2012

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