August 9, 2008 / 2:28 PM / 11 years ago

Samoa's Tavui suffers severe knockout

Marijo Sivolija-Jelica (L) of Croatia fights Farani Tavui of Samoa during their Light Heavyweight (81kg) Round of 32 boxing match at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 9, 2008. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

BEIJING (Reuters) - Samoa’s Farani Tavui was taken to hospital after a knockout on the first day of the Olympic boxing competition on Saturday.

Tavui was floored by a right hook from Croatia’s Marijo Sivolija-Jelica in the third round of their light-heavyweight bout. He managed to stand up but immediately went down again and medical personnel intervened.

China’s state news agency Xinhua said Tavui had been taken to the Chaoyang Hospital in eastern Beijing.

No information on his condition was immediately available.

(Reporting by Patrick Vignal, Editing by Alison Williams)

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