Staff GB’s Ben Whittaker has mentioned he regrets refusing to put on his silver medal on the rostrum after his defeat within the males’s light-heavyweight last.
The 24-year-old boxer pocketed the medal in the course of the Olympic ceremony, refused to congratulate his rivals and gave the impression to be in tears within the wake of his loss to Cuba’s Arlen Lopex, who was awarded a cut up resolution.
He reluctantly held the medal for photographers as the opposite three athletes hugged and smiled for the cameras.
The Midlands fighter mentioned he was disillusioned and had woken up within the morning believing it was his time to win gold.
“I used to be doing it for everyone at house and I felt like a failure,” he mentioned.
“On the time, I ought to have put this stunning silver medal spherical my neck and smiled as a result of this isn’t only for me, it is for the nation.”
He mentioned he “wasn’t making an attempt to be disrespectful to anybody” and mentioned he has “at all times been like that” since he was a child.
“Even after I’m enjoying FIFA with my mates and I lose, I am not speaking to them for the following couple of hours,” he defined, including: “I wasn’t making an attempt to take the shine away from Arlen’s second but it surely damage me so deep, and I felt so embarrassed.”
He mentioned he’ll keep in mind the occasion sooner or later and suppose, “‘what was I doing?”.
“Once I look again in a number of years, it would most likely really feel like a terrific achievement, however I used to be so upset that I could not take pleasure in it,” he mentioned.
Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan applauded the boxer for saying “you do not win silver, you lose gold”.
He tweeted: “Love this – lastly, an athlete at these Olympics ready to inform the reality about competing in elite sport. Good for you @Ben Whittaker.”
The Metropolis of Wolverhampton’s mayor mentioned Whittaker will get a hero’s welcome when he returns to the West Midlands and will likely be given the prospect to grow to be the town’s unofficial mayor.
Whittaker had joked after his quarter-final battle that he needed to “grow to be the mayor of Wolverhampton” if he gained gold.
He mentioned he respects Lopex and had dreamed of dealing with the Cuban fighter, who’s now a two-time Olympic gold medallist after his success on the 2016 Rio Video games.
Whittaker’s medal is considered one of six gained in boxing by Staff GB at this yr’s Olympic video games, their highest report since1920.