Tokyo 2020 – Team GB’s Pat McCormack denied gold by Roniel Iglesias masterclass
Team GB have won seven medals on Tuesday – but McCormack was unable to make it a third gold after Iglesias stole the show. Iglesias, who also won gold at London 2012, produced a memorable performance to leave his opponent applauding as the judges’ decision was announced. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+
The judges were clearly loving Iglesias’ display, rightly giving the first round 4-1 in his favour.
McCormack now needed to come from behind to win and began the second round strongly with a straight left. But then almost disaster struck for the Team GB athlete.
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Iglesias landed a beautiful left hand and McCormack was on the deck, but luckily for the Brit the knockdown was ruled a slip. Replays showed there was a tangle of legs even though McCormack was clearly hurt by the shot.
Iglesias felt he could now hurt McCormack and the man in red was scrambling to try and take control.
The second half of the round was much the same for McCormack, being outworked by a clever and punishing Iglesias. McCormack circled round Iglesias to try and find an angle but he was caught again by a quick left hook.
The second round again went to Iglesias with all five judges scoring it for the Cuban. Iglesias was now three minutes away from picking up his second Olympic gold medal and the number three seed went back to relying on his superb high guard.
McCormack tried to push forward, but continued to be outsmarted by Iglesias. It might have been a perfectly managed fight, but Iglesias put some gloss on the brilliant win with a stinging left that sent McCormack stumbling backwards.
Roniel Iglesias of Cuba, right, celebrates victory over Pat McCormack of Great Britain following their men's welterweight final bout at the Kokugikan Arena
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The result was never in doubt for Iglesias with McCormack applauding his opponent before the scorecards were even read out.
McCormack wins a silver medal while Iglesias adds a Tokyo 2020 Olympic title to the gold he won at London 2012. Silver remains a big achievement for McCormack and is the sixth boxing medal Team GB will collect at Tokyo 2020 - a record haul for the boxing squad.
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