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Joshua's super-heavy gold medal

ESPN staff
August 12, 2012
Anthony Joshua shows his delight after receiving his gold medal © PA Photos

Every day of the Olympics, we at ESPN Towers will award gold, silver and bronze medals to the top three moments. Here are our choices for day 16...

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Anthony Joshua gave a glimpse of what the future may hold in the professional ranks after making it three gold medals for Great Britain's boxing team at London 2012 with a gripping victory over defending champion Roberto Cammarelle in the super-heavyweight final.

Joshua, only 22, produced a grandstand finish to rip the gold medal from his Italian foe's grasp, clinching GB's 29th gold of the Games on countback after the contest was scored 18-18.

The London-born fighter won world super-heavyweight silver in only his second senior amateur tournament last year, and he went one better at the ExCel Arena to join an illustrious list of names, which includes Wladimir Klitschko and Lennox Lewis, who have won Olympic super-heavyweight gold. Not bad for someone who only started boxing four years ago.

As former world heavyweight champion Lewis said afterwards: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going, and he showed that." Anthony, we salute you.


On the final day of London 2012, Samantha Murray gave a final boost to take Team GB's medal haul to 65 with silver in the final event - the women's modern pentathlon. The motto of the London Games was 'inspire a generation', and Murray's comments after completing an event could not have been more fitting.

"Four years ago I was doing my A levels at school. I'd started pentathlon but I was by no means performing on an international level," she said. "Since then I've come through the ranks, won some medals along the way and made it to the Olympic Games.

"Honestly, if you have a goal, if there's anything you want to achieve in life - don't let anybody get in your way. You can do it. If I can do it, and I'm a normal girl, anyone can do what they want to do."


If anyone embodies the Olympic spirit, it is Tsepo Ramonene, who finished a gallant last in the men's marathon. Representing the African nation of Lesotho, the 21-year-old had never even seen the Olympics on TV before arriving in London.

Running in only his second marathon, Ramonene crossed the finish line in two hours, 55.54 minutes, some 47 minutes behind winner Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, and more than 10 minutes off the pace of the previous finisher.

He may not have challenged for a medal, but he got an almighty cheer as he made his way down The Mall to the finish. We Brits love an underdog, don't we?

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