There were two boxing medals for Great Britain on Wednesday morning as Ben Whittaker won silver and Frazer Clarke won bronze.
Whittaker was emotional when his loss to Arlen Lopez was confirmed, but the Briton was outclassed by his Cuban opponent, who won middleweight gold in Rio five years ago.
The taller Whittaker attempted to establish the lineup with his jab, but was repeatedly punched by his skillful left-handed opponent, who won the first two rounds on four of the judges’ five scorecards.
That left him with a mountain to climb, and as he won the final round, Lopez was crowned a gold medalist after getting the go-ahead on four of the cards.
“You don’t win the money, you lose the gold,” he said afterwards.
“I am very disappointed with myself. I did not perform well. I feel like a failure. This feeling will stay with me now. I don’t want that feeling anymore.
Meanwhile, Clarke’s attempt to become the third Briton in a row to reach the men’s super-heavyweight final ended with a cut to the eye against seed Bakhodir Jalolov.
Clarke was trying to emulate Anthony Joshua in London 2012 and Joe Joyce in Rio 2016, but entered this contest with unhealed cuts above both eyes, supported by head shots in his disqualification victory over Murad Aliev. .
He wobbled Jalolov with a right bruise in the second round, leading to a standing count of eight, but the Uzbek southpaw’s sensational movement and precise punches placed him on four of the judges’ five cards.
The cut to Clarke’s right eye kept getting worse in the third and final round and with Jalolov repeatedly aiming the area, the referee stepped in. Clarke, however, had the consolation of winning bronze for the GB team.
Team GB’s boxing medal harvest in Tokyo stands at six – Pat McCormack taking silver and Karriss Artingstall taking bronze.
Galal Yafai at flyweight and Lauren Price at middleweight are guaranteed medals as they prepare for their semi-final fights.
The GB team also enjoyed success in sailing as Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre won gold in the 470 event, while Sky Brown won bronze.
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