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Lowestoft's Anthony Ogogo believes the performances of his GB team-mates are helping inspire him to boxing glory - and he hopes his own success is having the same effect on others. Photo: Nick Butcher
Michael Bailey , London Olympics correspondent
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo admitted the exploits of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis at the weekend helped fire him to an Olympic medal on Monday night.
Men’s middleweight Ogogo took inspiration from the gold of his fellow Team GB colleagues as he launched his own medal assault, and duly beat Germany’s Stefan Hartel in comfortable style to guarantee leaving London 2012 with bronze.
The only question now is the final colour of medal that ends up around Ogogo’s neck come Sunday’s closing ceremony.
He takes on Brazilian number three seed Esquiva Falcao Florentino in Friday afternoon’s semi-final where victory will earn him not only silver but a shot at the Olympic title on Saturday night.
“You know what, I was watching Mo Farah the other night and I’m a big, tough boxer but I’m not scared to say I had a little tear in my eye – and Jess Ennis,” said Ogogo.
“I’m inspired by anyone doing well, whether it’s in sport or music, whatever – but seeing them do well brought it home to us and it’s the knock on effect, and hopefully I’ve inspired some other athletes to do well after this win.”
It also helped him scrape the barrel in terms of his energy levels, given his extraordinary effort in beating top seeded Ukrainian Ievgen Khytrov four days earlier.
“I had to dig really deep after Thursday’s win, but that’s what the boxing game is all about – I may be biased but I think it’s the hardest sport in the world,” he added.
“It’s quite frustrating watching some of the other athletes that turn up, do their thing and then go.
“We’ve been here since the first day at weigh-in and hopefully, touch wood, I’ll weigh-in and box on one of the last days as well. So it’s very hard – we really do earn our medals.
“I’ve really earned this bronze for the country. Having to do it day in day out, against different fighters and learning different styles, I think personally it offers different challenges.
“I was so proud of Beth Tweddle when she picked up her bronze. It’s just great to be part of this team.”