France's Yoka follows fiancee to boxing gold

France's Tony Yoka earned a nervy split-points decision to win super-heavyweight gold at the Rio Games on Sunday and add to the Olympic title won by his fiancee. Yoka's triumph over Joe Joyce of Britain means it is a double celebration after his fiancee Estelle Mossely won France's first women's Olympic boxing crown on Friday. The couple embraced ringside after he got the narrow win before wrapping themselves in a French flag, as boos from the crowd greeted the judges' verdict. "I thought the gold was mine, I'll just have to watch it again. I was landing shots on him and getting through his guard. He nicked it," Joyce, 30, a fine arts graduate, told the BBC. "I gave it my all, got the training right, just disappointed. Silver isn't that bad but I expected the gold -- it just wasn't to be."–AFP

 

 

Third time lucky for mountain bike champ Schurter

Switzerland's Nino Schurter struck Olympic gold at his third attempt in Sunday's men's mountain bike competition. The world champion was followed across the line by 2012 champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic with Spanish rider Carlos Coloma taking bronze. Slovakian road race world champion Peter Sagan was well in contention for a top 10 finish until two punctures saw him fall down the field to finish among the back markers. Up front Schurter, Kulhavy and Coloma seized control by the end of the first lap with Schurter pulling clear in the sixth and final lap to seal a complete set of Olympic medals. "I have been working four years for this gold. If I am looking back, I needed silver in London to get back and be strong here.–AFP

 

Shields first American to  etain boxing title

Middleweight Claressa Shields defeated Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands on Sunday in Rio to become the first American boxer to retain her Olympic title. The 21-year-old adds to the gold she won at London 2012, with China's Li Qian and Dariga Shakimova of Kazakhstan taking home bronze each. Shields paraded round the ring afterwards screaming with an American flag fluttering behind her. Shields, who has never looked in trouble at any point in Brazil, stalked her unfancied opponent in the first round, swinging wildly but missing on a couple of occasions until she made contact with a heavy right near the end of the round. The Dutchwoman, 28, had most of the crowd in the 9,000-seat arena on her side and they roared their approval when Fontijn enjoyed some success in the second.–AFP

 

Uzbekistan's Zoirov wins men's flyweight gold

Uzbekistan's Shakhobidin Zoirov won the men's Olympic flyweight boxing gold medal on Sunday with a unanimous points victory over Russia's two times world champion and 2012 bronze medallist Misha Aloyan. The gold was the second of the boxing competition for Uzbekistan. Venezuela's Joel Segundo Finol and China's Hu Jianguan won the bronze medals. Zoirov, who hoisted high by his cornerman after the victory, said he had been concerned that a cut could play into the Russian's hands. "I was worried as it was a deep cut and I lost the first round to the Russian and there were worries that the referee and the judges might side with the Russian because of this," the 23-year-old told reporters. "But the Russian also had a cut and luckily they gave us the decision in the end." Aloyan, the Armenian-born favourite, buried his face in a towel after the decision.–Reuters