Frazer Clarke wins Olympic bronze after cup ending super heavyweight semi-final against Bakhodir Jalolov

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Frazer Clarke wins Olympic bronze after cup ending super heavyweight semi-final against Bakhodir Jalolov


Frazer Clarke will win a bronze medal after a terrible cut that ended his Olympic super heavyweight semi-final against No.1 seed Bakhodir Jalolov on Wednesday morning.

The GB team will complete a record six medals at Tokyo 2020, but Clarke’s welfare story has come to an end against his rival from Uzbekistan.

Clarke had forced a permanent reckoning on her birthday opponent, but her Olympics ended with a terrible cut above her eye that was originally sustained in her previous fight.

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A cut ended Frazer Clarke’s hopes

The referee ended this semi-final in the third round due to the cup – Jalolov won.

Clarke was quickly forced into the back foot by Jalolov’s left hands pulled from his left-handed position.

Jalolov ended up mixing up the right brackets.

Clarke responded with a right hand, her best moment so far, with the last punch of the first round.

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Clarke forced Jalolov to a permanent account

Out of nowhere, Clarke hit home a right hand in the second round, which forced Jalolov to count by the referee. Jalolov insisted he had slipped but it was a huge moment of encouragement for the Briton.

Clarke put on the pressure but ended the round bleeding from a cut above his own eye – the same head-butt injury he suffered when he won his quarter-final two days ago.

The referee saw the cut in the third round and ended the fight early in favor of Jalolov.

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An existing cut was opened above Clarke’s eye

For Clarke, it was a courageous end to a sensational journey.

Qualifying for Tokyo 2020 was his third attempt to reach the Games – he had previously been turned down by Anthony Joshua (who won gold in 2012) and then Joe Joyce (silver in 2016).

Clarke, 29, had worked as a security guard and was stabbed before renewed maturity saw him finally reach the Olympics after 12 years on the GB team.

Clarke's bronze is a story of the well-being of the GB team
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Clarke’s bronze is a story of the well-being of the GB team

He joins Karriss Artingstall as a bronze medalist.

Pat McCormack and Ben Whittaker won silver medals.

Galal Yafai at flyweight and Lauren Price at middleweight are expected to compete in the semi-finals.

Jalolov will fight for the gold medal on Sunday against American Richard Torrez Jr, who won his semi-final with a third-round stoppage against Kazakh Kamshybek Kunkabayev.

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