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Lomachenko wins featherweight gold at Beijing

Aug. 23, 2008, 7:57 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine has won the featherweight boxing gold medal, capping a spectacular run through the Beijing Olympics with a first-round stoppage of France's Khedafi Djelkhir.

Lomachenko beat his five opponents by an astonishing 58-13 on the way to his first gold medal, battering every foe with quick hands and relentless aggression.

The referee mercifully stopped his title bout Saturday against the overmatched Djelkhir with nine seconds left in the opening round. Djelkhir already had endured three standing-eight counts after getting stunned by repeated head blows.

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