Yafai one win from gold after reaching Olympic final

By 5th August 2021News

TEAM GB’s Galal Yafai ensured he will leave Tokyo 2020 with no less than silver after reaching the flyweight final.

The 28-year-old put in yet another impressive and tenacious display against Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, winning via split (3:2), to put himself within one victory of achieving Olympic gold.

He now faces the Philippines’ Carlo Paalam on Saturday 7thAugust where he will compete for a place at the top of the podium.

Yafai said: “It’s ridiculous, I can’t believe it, it’s like a dream. I’ve always looked to be in an Olympic final and now I’m in one.

“I’ve always dreamed about this, we would talk about it at home me and my brothers and now I’m here with them all watching me at home, my brothers, my mum, the whole world watching me now in the Olympic final and I’ve just got to deliver the goods and take that gold medal back home.

“We’re a close-knit team and support each other, we’ve got six medals now and it shows how good GB boxing is. All the support from back home – it’s great.

“Now I will rest and look forward to having fun in the final.”

Just one boxer will represent Team GB tomorrow (Friday 6thAugust).

World and European champion Lauren Price will box for a place in the middleweight final when she takes on her fierce rival Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands. Bout time is scheduled for approximately 06.00am UK Time.

Today’s results

Flyweight 52kg – Galal Yafai vs Saken Bibossinov KAZ – Galal wins via split decision (3:2)

Tomorrow’s bout info

Middleweight 75kg – Lauren Price vs Nouchka Fontijn NED – 06.00am

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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