It didn't come easy for Anthony Joshua at any step of the tournament, but the Great Britain super heavyweight closed Olympic boxing in London with a come-from-behind victory over defending gold medalist Roberto Cammarelle of Italy, winning on countback after an 18-18 final score.
Joshua trailed 6-5 after the first round and 13-10 after two, with the experienced Italian leaving everything in the ring in what will be his final Olympic fight, as he will be too old to compete in Rio in 2016. Cammarelle had some stamina issues in the third, though, and the younger man took advantage, rallying from his three-point deficit to win the round 8-5.
On the countback, it came up in Joshua's favor. And the crowd at the ExCel Arena erupted in joyous ovation for Great Britain's first super heavyweight gold medalist since Audley Harrison in 2000, and also their second gold medal boxer of 2012. Luke Campbell took home the bantamweight gold for Great Britain on Saturday. On the women's side, Nicola Adams won gold at flyweight.
Cammarelle could easily have won in the same fashion, but it just wasn't to be this time out. Bronze medals went to Magomedrasul Medzhidov of Azerbaijan and Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan.
Men's Super Heavyweight (201+ lbs/91+kg) Medals
|Anthony Joshua||Great Britain|
London 2012 Gold Medal Results
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Luke Campbell Tops John Joe Nevin For Bantamweight Gold
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Roniel Iglesias Wins Light Welterweight Gold Medal
Serik Sapiyev Outclasses Freddie Evans, Wins Welterweight Gold
Ryota Murata Edges Esquiva Falcao, Wins Middleweight Gold
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