Boxing: Gold medallist Spinks dies


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Terry Spinks, the youngest Briton to win an Olympic boxing gold medal, has died at his home in Essex following a long illness. He was 74. Spinks won flyweight gold at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics aged 18, beating Romania's Mircea Dobrescu.

As a professional, he won 41 of his 49 fights, including winning the British featherweight championship, before retiring at 24. The British Boxing Board of Control general secretary, Robert Smith, said: "We are very sad Terry has passed away. He was a great boxer and a very nice guy."