The Sport Matrix: Monday 13 August 2012


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Joshua wins gold by close call but will stay amateur

After winning super-heavyweight gold in a narrow victory over the reigning Olympic champion, Roberto Cammarelle, Great Britain's Anthony Joshua says his next focus is the amateur World Championships in October 2013, not immediately turning professional. Joshua won by countback after the bout ended 18-18.

"It was a close fight and it has made me realise I need more experience at the top level," the 22-year-old said. "I will stay amateur and fight at the World Championships. I have time on my side and right now I just want to enjoy this beautiful medal."

The welterweight, Freddie Evans, above, lost in his final to Serik Sapiyev, from Kazakhstan. MORE

Olympic super- heavyweight winners

2012 Anthony Joshua (GB)

2008 Roberto Cammarelle (It)

2004 Aleksandr Povetkin (Rus)

2000 Audley Harrison (GB)

1996 Wladimir Klitschko (Ukr)

1992 Roberto Balado (Cuba)

1988 Lennox Lewis (Can)

1984 Tyrell Biggs (US)

Van Commenee to consider his job

UK Athletics' head coach, Charles van Commenee, says he will decide on his future "over

the next three weeks" after the athletics team failed to reach his target of eight medals. "What is really important is what is best for the programme," he added. MORE

Murray silver sees GB finish in style

Samantha Murray ensured that Britain finished the Games on the podium as the 22-year-old student claimed a silver medal in the modern pentathlon. She held off Brazil's Yane Marques to finish second behind the winner, Lithuania's Laura Asadauskaite. MORE

Pietersen laments third Test omission

Kevin Pietersen spoke of his sadness at being dropped by England for the third Test against South Africa. "To say I'm gutted is an understatement," he said. "This entire episode has been demoralising but none of this constitutes the end of my international career." MORE

City 'favourites' for title after victory

Chelsea's manager, Roberto Di Matteo, said Manchester City were "favourites" for the title after City prevailed 3-2 in the Community Shield. Yaya Touré, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri negated Fernando Torres' opener as Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic was sent off. MORE

Van Persie steps up for Arsenal

Robin van Persie took the captain's armband from Thomas Vermaelen after coming on for Lukas Podolski as Arsenal beat Cologne 4-0 in their pre-season friendly. Meanwhile, Andy Carroll scored in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Mcllroy in pole position to prevail

Rory McIlroy took a three-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Championship last night. The Northern Irishman finished the last nine holes of the third round to post a five-under-par 67 and head into the final round at seven under par. MORE

US move helped Farah flourish

Mo Farah says his decision to train in America was worthwhile after winning the 10,000m and 5,000m in London. He said: "It was a gamble but if I hadn't made that change, I don't think I would be here with two gold medals."

US 'Dream Team' retain their title

The US successfully defended their basketball title after defeating Spain 107-100 at North Greenwich Arena. Kevin Durant was dominant, posting 30 points to help the "Dream Team" prevail. Spain's Pau Gasol scored 24 points. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

That Tom Daley won bronze, and at one intoxicating moment near the end, threatened to collect gold, was not so much an achievement as a fully fledged resurrection. MORE