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Roniel Iglesias wins gold in boxing to give Cuba their fourth medal at Tokyo 2020

The Cuban boxer defeated Great Britain’s Pat McCormack 5-0 in the boxing final to win the gold medal - the fourth for Cuba at the Olympic Games.

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Roniel Iglesias wins gold in boxing to give Cuba their fourth medal at Tokyo 2020

Roniel Iglesias arrived in Tokyo in search of his third career medal in boxing. He made history on Tuesday at the conclusion of the campaign. The veteran Cuban boxer defeated Pat McCormack 5-0 to win gold and give his country the fourth medal at Tokyo 2020.

Third career medal for Roniel Iglesias

The 32-year-old Cuban boxer arrived at the 2020 Olympic Games as a contender to win gold, after winning the bronze medal in Beijing 2008 and becoming the light-welterweight champion at the 2012 London Olympics.

With the gold obtained on Tuesday, Roniel Iglesias is the 10th boxer to win three medals in three Olympic campaigns. The Cuban boxer’s road to gold was not easy. He had lost early at the 2016 Olympic Games and wanted to prove he still had gas in the tank for the tournament this summer.

In the semi-final, he looked impressive defeating Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy and in the final he continued in top form. Iglesias was very aggressive from the second he heard the opening bell in the first round of the final against McCormack, the top contender prior to the start of the campaign. At the end of the fight it was a unanimous decision and Iglesias and McCormack was applauding him before the final results came in.