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Melling's wrestling dream shattered

02 August 2002

England’s John Melling has had his dream of winning a gold medal in front of his home crowd shattered at the G-MEX.

John Melling

Melling was devastated with defeat

Melling, a silver medallist at Kuala Lumpur, had been hoping to go all the way at Manchester 2002 but the 31-year-old was unexpectedly eliminated after just two fights.

Melling, who was originally from Wigan has been based in Canada for the last twelve years, but tonight was not the homecoming he had been hoping for.

The shock exit was made even harder for Melling to take because of it being in Manchester: “To be here and wrestle in front of my home crowd was something I was really looking forward to. I’m as confounded as anybody that I’m out after two matches,” he said.

The defeat has now left him contemplating retirement: “That might be it for me. You don’t want to finish on a bad note, but at the same time… I thought I had a great chance of a gold in this tournament.”

Melling lost his group matches against his training partner Canadian Graham Ewers and Fred Jessey of Nigeria.

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