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Chinese Zhang Xiaoping wins Olympic light heavy weight (81kg) gold
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16:46, August 24, 2008


Zhang Xiaoping of China celebrates after defeating Kenny Egan of Ireland at the men's light heavy (81kg) final bout at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games boxing event at Worker's Gymnasium in Beijing, China, Aug. 24, 2008. Zhang Xiaoping won the gold medal of the event. (Xinhua Photo)

Chinese Zhang Xiaoping beat Ireland's Kenny Egan to win the Olympic light weight (81kg) gold medal at the Olympic Games here on Sunday.


Zhang Xiaoping of China celebrates after defeating Kenny Egan of Ireland at the men's light heavy (81kg) final bout at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games boxing event at Worker's Gymnasium in Beijing, China, Aug. 24, 2008. Zhang Xiaoping won the gold medal of the event. (Xinhua Photo)

Zhang maintained his leading position through out the match and ended it at 11-7. Zhang and Egan got the same points in the second and third rounds, but Zhang made a better start and ending.

It is a breakthrough for China's boxing as none of Chinese heavy weight boxers had won Olympic medals before.

Just before Zhang's victory, his team mate "Pirate" Zou Shiming claimed the gold of 48kg at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Source: Xinhua

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