PERFECT END: Nicola, Campbell help host to glory in the ring
ANTHONY Joshua handed Britain the perfect end to the Olympic boxing tournament yesterday with super heavyweight gold as the hosts sealed their best Games in the ring for 104 years.
After Nicola Adams earned women's flyweight gold on Thursday, team-mate Luke Campbell took Saturday's bantamweight final before Joshua's finale of a dramatic countback win over defending champion Roberto Cammarelle.
As Welshman Freddie Evans lost yesterday's welterweight final to take silver and Anthony Ogogo's middleweight bronze, Britain enjoyed their best Olympics in the ring since the 1908 London Games when they won 14 of the 15 boxing medals.
Joshua's third gold for Britain came after some drama as he clawed back a three-point deficit going into the third to level the bout at 18-all before being awarded the contest on count-back.
Italy appealed, but the decision stood after a review and only four years after taking up boxing, Joshua was crowned Olympic champion.
"That medal represents my journey and the support from the team," said the 22-year-old. "It's much more than a gold medal, it's a life experience."
There was some British disappointment as Welshman Evans was crushed 17-9 in the welterweight final by Kazakhstan's Serik Sapiyev.
Evans, the European champion, failed to cope with Sapiyev's impressive workrate as he worked his jab throughout the three rounds and never let the Briton find his range.
"I am very glad to be here, this victory is for the whole of Kazakhstan," said Sapiyev, who added Olympic gold to the world silver medal he won last year.
"I have been waiting for this moment so long. In Beijing, I lost in the quarter-finals and I was upset, but I was dreaming about the next Olympics."
Ukraine's lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko won a second successive Olympic gold medal when he added the lightweight title to the featherweight crown he captured in Beijing four years ago.
Lomachenko, 24, who won the lightweight world title in Baku last year, eased to a 19-9 win over South Korea's Han Soon-Chul.
"I wouldn't differentiate between the two medals and how much they mean to me," said Lomachenko, comparing his London gold to his Beijing victory.
"The first one I was an unknown quantity, but here I was the defending champion and was the scalp everyone wanted.
"I managed to see all of them off and I am truly delighted to have won this very special medal. But both are equally precious."
Cuban teenager Robeisy Ramirez, 18, won the men's Olympic flyweight gold with a 17-14 win over Mongolia's Tugstsogt Nyambayar, 20, in a composed display.
"The moment I heard I won I fell on the floor because it was overwhelming. I am 18 years old and I am already an Olympic champion," said the teenager, who danced around the ring when the result was announced.
"I am becoming part of my country's history along with past Cuban champions," he said.
Like Joshua, Russia's Egor Mekhontcev also won Olympic gold on countback as he took the light heavyweight title over Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov after their gold-medal bout finished 15-all.
Mekhontcev, who won the heavyweight division at last year's world championships and the European title in 2010, beat the world light heavyweight silver medallist by the narrowest of margins. AFP