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Rio-bound Okolie strikes gold in Turkey

PUBLISHED: 14:40 17 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:40 17 April 2016

Lawrence Okolie celebrates with his gold medal in Turkey (pic: BBC TV)

Lawrence Okolie celebrates with his gold medal in Turkey (pic: BBC TV)

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Heavyweight handed victory by walkover

UEL’s Lawrence Okolie claimed gold at the European qualifying event in Turkey after his rival was unable to contest their heavyweight final in Samsun.

Hackney’s Okolie, a former member of the Repton club who now boxes for Dagenham BC, had won four bouts to reach the 91kg decider and earn his place at the Rio Olympics later this summer.

And he was due to meet Paul Omba Biongolo of France for gold, but his opponent withdrew and Okolie claimed victory by way of a walkover.

He tweeted: “So..looks like my opponent doesn’t want to fight! I get the GOLD. Next stop Rio.”

Defending Olympic women’s flyweight champion Nicola Adams won gold in her event after beating Bulgarian rival Stanimira Petrova on a split decision.

The 33-year-old from Leeds, who boxes for Haringey Police ABC, heads to the World Championships next month and said: “Hopefully I can become a European champion, world champion and Olympic champion all in one year.”


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