Luke Campbell and Anthony Joshua topped off Great Britain’s most successful Olympic boxing performance in over 50 years by securing two more gold medals.
Campbell, who had edged into the gold medal bout at the expense of Italian Jahyn Parrinello, had what appeared to be another tricky task in the shape of Irishman John Joe Nevin.
However, despite a handful of hairy moments, the bantamweight ran out a relatively comfortable 14-11 winner in front of an impassioned crowd.
Anthony Joshua had to wait until the final day of Olympic competition for his attempt to join the gold medal club frequented by Campbell and Nicola Adams, and he could have not come closer to defeat.
Joshua was a massive betting favourite having seen off Ivan Dychko in the semi-finals, however his final foe, Italy’s Roberto Cammarelle, was defending the super-heavyweight title he captured in Beijing and appeared set on spoiling the British party.
For two rounds Joshua appeared a little overawed by the occasion, caught too often with his back to the ropes, and entered the final session three points adrift.
However, a tiring Cammarelle was unable to prevent the 22-year-old from Finchley in the final minutes and at the final bell those at ringside seemed certain that a first British super-heavyweight gold since Audley Harrison’s triumph in 2000 was in the bag.
The judges had the contest level at 18 apiece, however Joshua, to the delight of the home crowd, captured the Olympic crown by virtue of countback.
Despite an Italian appeal over the final verdict Great Britain’s third gold medal of the Olympics was safe.
Earlier in the afternoon Wales’ Fred Evans was unable to build on his guaranteed silver medal as he slipped to a comprehensive points defeat to the highly impressive Serik Sapiyev.
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