Commonwealth Games: One win guarantees boxing medal for Fry

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COURTNEY FRY secured a bronze medal for England in his first fight yesterday and then said he did not deserve it.

Fry won his first bout of the Games and, because of a first-round bye and a light-heavyweight tournament of only 12 boxers, booked himself a place on Sunday's rostrum with a comfortable points win over the Samoan Pauga Lalau.

"I feel you should have at least two fights before you win a medal - but I didn't make the rules or the draw," said Fry after his 15-6 success.

Scotland's Alex Arthur defeated Uganda's Adam Kassim 14-11 and also clinched at least a bronze after a close bout between possibly the best featherweights.

Ghana were unsuccessful with the first protest of the boxing tournament. Tempers frayed in the Ghanaian camp when their officials criticised judges for giving a South African a decision over their flyweight fighter, Abdulai Amidu, putting him through to the semi-finals.

"Some countries like Canada, England, Australia ... want to see the weaker countries go through to the finals. They want to keep some countries down," Ghana's team manager, Abraham Johnson, said.

The tropical heat beating down on the first Games in Asia is taking a growing toll. An Indian cricketer was in hospital with heat exhaustion after collapsing in the semi-final against Australia and two team officials and a fan from other countries were in hospital with dengue fever.

Concerned by the outbreak, Games officials ordered the athletes' village be sprayed with mosquito repellent.