Frazer Clarke sealed a fifth medal for Great Britain as his teammates Ben Whittaker and Pat McCormack move to within one victory of Olympic gold in Tokyo.
The super-heavyweight was up against France’s Mourad Aliev and was handed victory mid-way through the second round when his opponent was disqualified ensuring the 29-year-old leaves Tokyo with no less than a bronze medal. He will now face Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov in his semi-final bout.
Clarke said: “It’s not the way I wanted to guarantee my bronze medal, but it’s happened and I’m there to do my job as a boxer and everything else is out of my hands.
“It’s massive for me. It’s massive for GB Boxing, for the team and family. That one’s for them and hopefully it’s made them proud. It’s great to have another medal for the team. We’re doing fantastic.
“I was asked a lot before we came out is this the best team I’ve been in and I think we’re letting our boxing do the talking for us and we’ll carry on doing that. We still have medals to win. We’re all doing the right thing and we’re very privileged to have these coaches and staff around us and we all want the lot!”
Earlier in the day, Ben Whittaker beat ROC’s Imam Khataev with a comfortable performance the judges scored (4:1). The light-heavyweight is now assured of a silver medal as he competes in the final on Wednesday 4thAugust against either Arlen Lopez or Loren Alphonso Dominguez with gold the task ahead.
Whittaker said: “Every kid’s dream as an amateur is getting to that Olympic final and now, I’ve just got to go and change that colour!
“The coaches, my father, my mum, all my friends – I’m doing it for them. I’m doing it for Darlaston, I’m doing it for Wolverhampton, the West Midlands and I’m doing it for Great Britain.
“I just want to thank everyone at the National Lottery and everyone who buys tickets because it’s you that’s put a lad like me in the final.”
Pat McCormack will join his teammate in an Olympic boxing for gold as he was handed a walkover after his opponent, Ireland’s Aidan Walsh, was forced to withdraw due to injury in what would have been Great Britain’s opening bout of the day.
The world number one is guaranteed a silver and now just has to beat either Roniel Iglesias or Andrei Zamkovoi to win gold.
A rest day is scheduled in Tokyo tomorrow meaning the next bouts for Team GB take place on Tuesday 3rdAugust.
Up first will be Caroline Dubois who is boxing for a medal against Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee with the bout time scheduled for approximately 04.50 UK Time.
Flyweight Galal Yafai will also box for a medal in the day’s second session when he takes on Cuba’s Yosbany Veitia at approximately 09.30am UK Time.
Concluding the day’s action will be Pat McCormack who will compete in the welterweight final at approximately 11.05am UK Time. With a silver guaranteed he will need to beat either Roniel Iglesias or Andrei Zamkovoi to win Olympic gold.
Welterweight 69kg – Pat McCormack vs Aidan Walsh IRE – Pat handed walkover and progress to the final.
Light-heavyweight 81kg – Ben Whittaker vs Imam Khataev ROC – Ben wins via split decision (4:1)
Super-heavyweight 91kg+ – Frazer Clarke vs Mourad Aliev FRA – Frazer wins via disqualification to Aliev in round two.
Tuesday’s bout info
Lightweight 60kg – Caroline Dubois vs Sudaporn Seesondee THA – 04.50am
Flyweight 52kg – Galal Yafai vs Yosbany Veitia CUB – 09.30am
Welterweight 69kg – Pat McCormack vs Roniel Iglesias or Andrei Zamkovoi – 11.05am – FINAL
How to watch the action can be found here.
The results of all the bouts involving boxers from Great Britain will be posted on GB Boxing’s social media channels and at www.gbboxing.org,.uk.
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