There were two boxing medals for Great Britain on Wednesday morning as Ben Whittaker won silver and Frazer Clarke earned a bronze.
Whittaker cut an emotional figure as his defeat to Arlen Lopez was confirmed but the Brit was outclassed by his Cuban opponent, who won middleweight gold in Rio five years ago.
The taller Whittaker attempted to establish the range with his jab but was repeatedly beaten to the punch by his slick southpaw opponent, who won the first two rounds on four of the five judges’ scorecards.
It left him with a mountain to climb and, while he edged the final round, Lopez was crowned gold medallist after getting the nod on four of the cards.
“You don’t win silver, you lose gold,” he said afterwards.
” I’m very disappointed with myself. I didn’t perform good. I feel like a failure. This feeling will stick with me now. I don’t want this feeling again.”
Meanwhile, Clarke’s bid to become the third successive Briton to reach the men’s super-heavyweight final was ended by a cut to his eye suffered against top seed Bakhodir Jalolov.
Clarke was attempting to emulate Anthony Joshua at London 2012 and Joe Joyce at Rio 2016 but came into this contest with unhealed cuts above both eyes, sustained by headbutts in his disqualification win over Mourad Aliev.
He wobbled Jalolov with a bruising straight right in the second round, leading to a standing eight-count, but the Uzbekistani southpaw’s sensational movement and precision punching put him up on four of the five judges’ cards.
The cut over Clarke’s right eye was growing steadily worse in the third and final round and with Jalolov repeatedly targeting the area, the referee intervened. Clarke, however, had the consolation of claiming bronze for Team GB.
Team GB’s boxing medal haul at Tokyo stands at six – Pat McCormack winning silver and Karriss Artingstall earning bronze.
Galal Yafai at flyweight and Lauren Price at middleweight are guaranteed medals as they look ahead to their semi-final fights.
There was also success for Team GB in the sailing as Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre secured gold in the 470 event, while Sky Brown won bronze.
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