Galal Yafai earns Team GB’s first boxing gold at Tokyo 2020 as he is crowned Olympic champion

By 7th August 2021News

Galal Yafai became Team GB’s first boxing gold medallist at Tokyo 2020 after an impressive performance against Philippines’ Carlo Paalam.

A split victory (4:1) saw the 28-year-old crowned Olympic champion and earn Great Britain’s first men’s flyweight gold since Terry Spinks at Melbourne 1956.

It was yet another high class and energetic performance from Yafai who on his way to gold put in some more memorable displays including a unanimous win over Cuba’s third seed Yasbany Veitia as well as a split victory over eventual bronze medallist Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan.

Yafai said: “Being Olympic champion is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m Olympic champion now and I’m over the moon.

“I’ve worked hard, I took up boxing and thank god it worked out for me.

“I trained hard, gave it everything, and it just shows that if you work hard, you can get the rewards.

“My friends, family, brothers will be over the moon. Everyone back in Birmingham, the support I’ve had has been ridiculous, I just want to say a big thanks to everyone who has supported me.

“It’s overwhelming, I’m just so grateful for everyone to show me that love.

“I don’t know if, at every moment, I knew or believed that I was going to be Olympic champion.

“I could hear big Frazer Clarke [Team GB boxing captain], and I want to say a big happy birthday to him as well.

“It’s his day. He said to me to win the Olympic gold for his birthday and I’m glad to do that as his present.”

On the final day of action at Tokyo 2020, one boxer represents Team GB tomorrow (Sunday 8thAugust).

Lauren Price is one win away from joining her teammate, Galal, in securing an Olympic gold medal. She competes in the middleweight final against China’s Qian Li. Bout time is scheduled for approximately 06.45am UK Time.

Today’s results

Flyweight 52kg – Galal Yafai vsCarlo Paalam PHI – Galal wins via split decision (4:1)

Tomorrow’s bout info

Middleweight 75kg – Lauren Price vs Qian Li CHN – 06.45am

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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