Boxing: Japan’s Ryota Murata Fights For Gold

Japans Ryota Murata denied Brazil a first Olympic boxing gold medal on Saturday when he fought smart to win his countrys first in the ring for 48 years by beating middleweight Esquiva Falcao Florentino.

Falcao, whose brother Yamaguchi won bronze in the light-heavyweights, appeared to serve notice to the rest of the middleweight division when he demolished Britains Anthony Ogogo in the semi-final.

However university worker Murata, a silver medalist at last years world amateur championships, gave the aggressive Falcao a lesson in how to score points, defending expertly and catching the Brazilian each time he came in close to win 14-13.

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Japan at the Vancouver Olympics

As the third day of the Vancouver Olympics ends, Japan remains without medals. On the first day the Japanese team entered the Opening Ceremony full of smiles and waving both Japanese and Canadian flags. On the second and third day the highest ranking Japanese athlete was Aiko Uemura, who placed fourth in Ladies’ Moguls.

In tears after the event, Aiko Uemura, could only help but wonder to reporters, “Why do I keep climbing up one rank by one rank?” She had finished 5th in Turin in 2006, 6th in Salt Lake City in 2002, and 7th in Nagano in 1998.

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