Sport Aussie plumber makes history at Tokyo

12:13  06 august  2021
12:13  06 august  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Australian Harry Garside has claimed bronze in the men's lightweight category (57-63kg) after going down to champion Cuban boxer Andy Cruz in today's semi-final.

While he was unable to progress through to the gold medal showdown, Garside today made history by becoming the first Australian since 1988 to win an Olympic medal in boxing.


Heading into today's bout, Garside had won all three of his bouts at the Tokyo Games, but wasn't able to match it with Cruz who took the opening two rounds comfortably en route to a unanimous win.

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The 24-year-old plumber from Melbourne couldn't keep up with the speed of the two-time world champion and consistently wore shots to the chin.

a close up of a man in a boxing ring: Harry Garside. © Getty Harry Garside.

"He's just an exceptional athlete," Garside said after the fight.

"I always wanted to fight him and see how I stack up against him. He was just too good tonight.

"I felt outclassed a little bit, but I had a red hot crack, mate. That's all Australians do, we have a red hot dip.

"I'm proud of myself for that, but I really wanted to be the first-ever to win an Olympic gold medal.

"But hopefully, he goes far in the tournament and wins the next fight."

Cruz goes through to the gold medal bout where he will come up against American Keyshawn Davis.

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