By GREG BEACHAM | AP Sports Writer
LONDON (AP) - Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan has ended U.S. Marine Sgt. Jamel Herring's Olympic boxing aspirations.
Yeleussinov claimed a 19-9 victory Tuesday in their opening light welterweight bout.
Herring, a native of Coram, on Long Island, served two tours of duty in Iraq.
He became a captain of the U.S. team while reaching his first Olympics.
But he couldn't keep up with Yeleussinov. His aggression and quick hands repeatedly got Herring in trouble during the first two rounds.
Yeleussinov mostly spent the third round avoiding exchanges. But Herring couldn't score enough points for a comeback.
Herring considered giving up boxing multiple times, particularly after the death of his daughter, Ariyanah, due to sudden infant death syndrome in 2009 - three years to the day before the opening ceremony in London.
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