Past Athletes

Boxing - Britain's Joshua takes super heavyweight gold

Source: AFP

Britain's Anthony Joshua won the men's Olympic super heavyweight (+91kgs) gold on count-back against defending champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy after their bout finished 18-all on Sunday.

Italy immediately appealed the decision after Joshua overturned a three-point deficit heading into the final round to clinch the narrowest of victories.

Joshua, 22, only took up boxing four years ago, but the 2011 world silver medallist from Baku, Azerbaijan, added Olympic gold to his collection with victory in the final bout of the London Games.

Watford-born Joshua earned Britain's third boxing gold and their fifth medal in London following on from flyweight Nicola Adams and bantamweight Luke Campbell victories in their gold-medal bouts.

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POSCOUNTRYGOLDSILVERBRONZETOTAL
1United States462929104
2China38272388
3Great Britain29171965
4Russia24263282
5South Korea138728
6Germany11191444
7France11111234
8Italy891128
9Hungary84517
10Australia7161235

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The Philippine basketball team wound up fifth place—best finish for an Asian country in the Olympics to date—in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the first time basketball was played as an Olympic sport.

The Philippines has only won medals in three events since joining the Olympics in 1924.

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The Philippines participated in the Winter Olympics three times, in 1972 (Juan Cipriano and Ben Nanasca, alpine skiing), in 1988 (Raymund Ocampo, luge) and in 1992 (Michael Teruel, alpine skiing).

The Philippines last reached the final round swimming 80 years ago when Jikirum Adjaluddin and Teofilo Yldefonso ended up in the final six in the 1932 Los Angeles Games.

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The Philippines holds the record for winning the most medals without a gold haul with seven bronze and two silvers for a total of nine.

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Teofilo Yldefonso is the first Filipino to win a medal and the only one to take home multiple medals. He finished third both in the Men's 200 meter breastroke during the 1928 and 1932 Olympics.

With only eight athletes in six sporting events for the London Games, this will be PH's smallest delegation since 1996.

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The largest delegation the Philippines has ever sent to the Games was 53 in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

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The Philippines is the first country to compete and win an Olympic medal among Southeast Asian countries.

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