Sport in Brief: British boxers have to settle for silvers
Sunday 13 June 2010
Great Britain could only pick up three silver medals at the European Amateur Boxing Championships in Moscow but Belfast's Paddy Barnes won gold for the Republic of Ireland.
The flyweight Khalid Yafai was beaten 4-1 by Russian Misha Aloyan despite being the aggressor throughout. Featherweight Iain Weaver was beaten 7-2 by German Denis Makarov, while lightweight Tom Stalker lost 8-4 to experienced Russian Albert Selimov. Light-flyweight Barnes beat Azerbaijan's Elvin Mamishzade 4-1. It is still Britain's best showing at the tournament since 1961, with the team finishing with three silver and two bronze medals.
Birmingham's Yafai appeared to be landing at will with body shots, especially in the final round. However, the 21-year-old had to wait until the final seconds to register his only point, by which time Aloyan had victory in the bag. Bournemouth's Weaver, 20, was undone by the counter-punching of Makarov, while Liverpool's Stalker, 25, put up a brave fight against Selimov before falling away.
Mansell ‘fine’ after crash
Nigel Mansell crashed 17 minutes into his Le Mans 24-hour race debut in France. The former Formula One champion appeared tosuffer a puncture before hitting the barriers after Mulsanne corner.
Mansell, part of a three-driver line-up alongside his sons Leo and Greg, remained in his car for several minutes before being taken to an ambulance. He was said to be “fine” after receiving “a bump on the head”.
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