British boxer Ben Whittaker refused to put on his silver medal on the rostrum Wednesday and as a substitute stuffed it in his pocket and cried — calling himself a “failure” for dropping to Staff Cuba’s Arlen Lopez, experiences mentioned.
“You don’t win silver, you lose gold. I’m very upset – I really feel like a failure,” the 24-year-old advised reporters following his second place end within the light-heavyweight contest, BBC reported.
“You’re on this recreation to win gold. I don’t need to really feel like this once more. I’m going to place this to the again of my thoughts. I’ll come again, belief me.”
Whereas on the rostrum, Whittaker reluctantly took the silver medal out of his pocket and held it for photographers whereas athletes from the Russia Olympic Committee and Azerbaijan beamed with their prizes round their necks
“Come on Ben take pleasure in it, you’ll by no means get this second again!” a coach watching within the stands screamed within the background as Whittaker pouted.
He later appeared to remorse his public show of disappointment however mentioned he couldn’t bear to have fun silver.
“I don’t need to appear like a child or a spoiled brat however I’m so upset that I didn’t win the gold. I really feel like I misplaced gold. I can’t have fun silver… I used to be doing it for everyone at house and I felt like a failure,” he advised the outlet.
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“On the time, I ought to have put this lovely silver medal spherical my neck and smiled as a result of this isn’t only for me, it’s for the nation.
“After I look again in a number of years, it is going to most likely really feel like a terrific achievement, however I used to be so upset that I couldn’t take pleasure in it.”
He congratulated Lopez for a win effectively earned, admitting he “didn’t have the precise recreation plan” and that his competitor “was rather a lot higher than I believed.”
“I need to thank God for placing me on this place and everybody in Nice Britain for getting behind me,” he mentioned.
“Sorry for making you wake-up and seeing me allow you to down.”