Boxing: Stalker loss taints British record
Updated: Thursday, 09 Aug 2012 10:10
Great Britain's boxing team will take a record-equalling five medals away from the London Olympics but the feat was tinged with sadness after a heart-breaking light-welterweight defeat for Thomas Stalker at ExCeL.
World number one Stalker lost a quality contest against veteran Mongolian Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg, leaving himself too much to do in a frantic final round and ultimately coming out on the wrong end of a 23-22 verdict.
If it was one of the finest men's contests of the competition so far, it will come as no solace to Stalker, who was clearly heartbroken as he left the ring, and whose team's appeal of the verdict was rebuffed by AIBA's competition committee.
Prior to confirmation of the appeal, Stalker's coach Dave Alloway said: "Thomas gave it his best shot. He is devastated because he wanted to get a medal at his home Olympics. It was very close but the judges judge it the way they see it."
Stalker's loss means Great Britain will match the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, when they secured two gold medals and three bronze.