Galal Yafai Bags Gold for Team GB at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/07/2021, 3:14 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Boxing – Men’s Flyweight – Medal Ceremony – Kokugikan Arena – Tokyo, Japan – August 7, 2021. Gold medallist Galal Yafai of Britain poses for photos REUTERS/Leah Millis


Galal Yafai had a comfortable win against his Filipino rival Carlo Paalam at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 final. Competing for the gold in the flyweight division, both men looked promising before the bell rung. While many had predicted to see sheer action from Carlo Paalam, the eventual outcome of the gold medal bout may have disappointed them in the end.

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Yafai advanced himself in the very first round by knocking down Paalam. He unveiled a few superior combinations and forced his Filipino rival to go down. In no time, the fight appeared to be in UK’s favor. In round two, Yafai continued his dominance and dictated the overall flow of the bout. Nevertheless, Paalam revived himself in the third round.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Boxing – Men’s Flyweight – Medal Ceremony – Kokugikan Arena – Tokyo, Japan – August 7, 2021. Gold medallist Galal Yafai of Britain poses for photos Pool via REUTERS/Luis Robayo

Unfortunately for him, as it wasn’t enough to score the win, Paalam could only fetch the silver medal. While Galal Yafai earned his Olympic gold medal via a split decision of 4-1, Great Britain has possibly produced another promising boxer who can reach new heights in the future.

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Team GB has already bagged several medals, and Galal Yafai bringing a gold medal in flyweight boxing is just a cherry on the cake. Here’s a look at how Galal Yafai claimed gold.

Galal Yafai shines brightly at the Tokyo Olympics

Boasting an amateur record of 35-11, Yafai had a lot of hopes at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. In less than a month, he claimed 5 wins in Tokyo, and now, he seems to be the most-talked-about personality of British amateur boxing.

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Nevertheless, the 28- year-old can also opt to go professional from this point. He has already achieved a lot in the amateur circuit and an Olympic gold medal win certifies Yafai’s elite-level features. Hence, he can rightly shift to the professional run and bag bigger accolades in his combat career.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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