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Ward Recovers U.S. Boxing Pride

Wednesday, August 25, 2004; Page D12

Just when all seemed lost, Andre Ward remembered what his late father said about big fights and bigger fighters.

"My father always told me that in big fights you have to rise to the occasion," Ward said. "That's what great fighters do."

_____ Day 12 _____
The Iraqi soccer team's run ends in the semifinals.
The day's events in track and field bring ups and downs.
Misty May and Kerri Walsh win gold in beach volleyball.
Andre Ward upsets two-time world champion Yevgeny Makarenko in the ring.
Bryan Clay takes silver in the decathlon, while Tom Pappas withdraws due to injury.
Shawn Crawford leads two U.S. teammates into the semifinals of the men's 200 meters.
American wrestler Rulon Gardner wins his first two matches.
The U.S. women's water polo team is upset by Italy.
American Troy Dumais fails to medal in the men's 3-meter springboard final.
America's Cup star Paul Cayard is still in medal contention.
In the cycling men's points race, Russia's Ignatyev is the winner.
In the cycling sprints, Australia's Bayley and Canada's Muenzer win gold.
U.S. basketball player Katie Smith has torn cartilage in her right knee.

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Ward did just that, saving the U.S. boxing team from its most embarrassing Olympics ever by upsetting two-time world champion Yevgeny Makarenko of Russia in a light heavyweight bout.

Ward was smaller, less experienced and entered the ring to resounding boos. By the time he left, he had guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal -- and quite possibly made himself a favorite for the gold.

"Hopefully, we can bring some pride back to the USA," Ward said.

Ward pictured the fight as a modern day version of David vs. Goliath, then went out and played David to perfection by moving and punching, staying inside and frustrating the 6-foot-6 Russian. By the time the final seconds ticked away, he had a 23-16 decision that put him in a semifinal fight Friday against Utkirbek Haydarov of Uzbekistan.

"This victory is already behind me. I don't have time to relish it," said Ward, whose father died two years ago. "I've still got two tough fights left."

Ward and middleweight Andre Dirrell are the only two Americans left in the boxing competition; Dirrell fights today against Cuba's Yordanis Despaigne.

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