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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
LOWESTOFT boxer Anthony Ogogo will be back in the national sporting spotlight tonight – when he joins 14 other Olympic medallists at England’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley.
The 23-year-old, who won a bronze in the middleweight division at London 2012, will be a guest of the Football Association at the game and, along with his fellow athletes, will be introduced to the crowd at half-time
The Olympians at the match will include eight gold medallists. The full guest-list is: Karina Bryant (judo, bronze), Steven Burke (cycling, gold), Luke Campbell (boxing, gold) William Fox-Pitt (equestrian, silver), Gemma Gibbons (judo, silver), Helen Glover (rowing, gold), Philip Hindes (cycling, gold), Richard Hounslow (canoe slalom, silver), Anthony Joshua (boxing, gold), Ben Maher (equestrian, gold), Lutalo Muhammad (taekwondo, bronze), Andrew Simpson (sailing, silver), Heather Stanning (rowing, gold), Peter Wilson (shooting, gold).
The honour comes a day after Ogogo joined fellow Team GB athletes in the celebratory parade through London.
He described the atmosphere as “amazing” as huge crowds turned out to pay tribute to 750 of the country’s Olympians and Paralympians.
“The support we all had and the enthusiasm from the crowds – it was amazing,” said Ogogo.
“It was a nice way to finish it all off – it was the icing on the cake.
“The crowds were brilliant, each road we drove down was rammed.
“I did not realise the impact of the Games until today.”
He said he had been searching for supporters from his home town but could not spot them because of the size of the crowds.
He added that he was undecided on his future and had yet to make a decision on whether to turn professional.
Also among the athletes was Zoe Newson, of East Bergholt, who won a bronze in the Paralympic weightlifting.
Newson, who won her medal in the 40kg class, added: “The atmosphere was amazing. I think everyone was shocked at the level of support. There was a massive amount of people looking out of windows and waving and cheering. I have never seen anything like it before.
“I think it has inspired people to get into sport.”