Ben Whittaker had to settle for Olympic silver after dropping a split decision to Cuba’s Arlen López in the men’s light-heavyweight final.
The taller Whittaker attempted to establish the range with his jab but was repeatedly beaten to the punch by his slick southpaw opponent, who won the first two rounds on four of the five judges’ scorecards.
It left Whittaker with a mountain to climb and while he edged the final round, López was crowned gold medallist after getting the nod on four of the cards.
Frazer Clarke’s bid to become the third successive Briton to reach the men’s Olympic super-heavyweight final was ended by defeat to Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov. Clarke, looking to emulate Anthony Joshua at London 2012 and Joe Joyce at Rio 2016, lost the first two rounds according to four of the five judges, troubled by Jalolov’s movement and precision punching.
Jalolov was forced to take a standing count after a big right hand from Clarke but it was a rare moment of success for the 29-year-old from Burton, who had cuts above both eyes caused by head-butts in his disqualification win over Mourad Aliev last time out.
The cut over his right eye grew steadily worse during the third round, leading to a stoppage as Jalolov progressed to the final.