Stalker misses out on boxing medal

09 August 2012 / 07:52

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. Nicola Adams will get the first of the gold chances when she faces old foe Ren Cancan in the women's flyweight final on Thursday.

Stalker fought out one of the best men's contests of the competition so far, but from the start it was clear Uranchimeg, boosted by a sizeable Mongolian support, would prove a tough challenge in particular with his strobing right hands.

Stalker was made to pay for a poor finish to the second round as he walked into a pair of right hands to drop one point behind heading into the last. Stalker had a better third, but the judges saw for the Mongolian by that same agonising single-point margin.