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GB Boxing's Cheavon Clarke claims bronze at the Belgrade Winner Tournament ahead of Olympic qualifiers

Olympic hopeful Cheavon Clarke returned from the Belgrade Winner Tournament with a medal.

Clarke made it through to the semi-finals of the Olympic qualifying warm-up event before being beaten by a Russian opponent and taking home bronze.

The Gravesend heavyweight boxer was one of 10 British participants to claim a medal in Belgrade.

Clarke (91kg) beat Moldova’s Andrei Zaplitnii on a unanimous decision to guarantee a medal with a place in the semi-finals.

He was beaten on Monday, however, losing unanimously to Russia’s Timur Gamzatov.

The GB squad were in Belgrade for final preparations ahead of the delayed European Olympic qualifiers which take place in Paris between June 4-8.

GB Boxing’s performance director Rob McCracken said: “All boxers have performed superbly and been a credit to GB Boxing.

“The priority at this tournament was to ensure the boxers got some good quality competition after such a long lay-off, so to see them deliver a number of excellent performances and return with 10 medals has been a big success.

“It has been a very useful week that has enabled the team to secure some good action and get back into the routine of competing.

“The focus now is on the Olympic qualifier and making sure the boxers are well prepared and in the best possible shape to secure their place at Tokyo 2020.”

The Belgrade Winner tournament was held under Covid secure protocols and featured boxers from Serbia, France, Italy, Bosnia, Belarus, Botswana, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus. Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Morocco, Moldova, North Macedonia, Mali, Montenegro, Norway, Slovenia, Romania, Scotland, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and the Refugee Team.

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