BACK 12th August 2012
LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS: Muhammad's pride at bronze
BRONZE medallist Lutalo Muhammad admits he suffered in the build-up to the Olympic Games following the controversy over his selection.
Muhammad was picked to represent Team GB in his home city of London ahead of world number one Aaron Cook, but promptly delivered Britain's first men's Olympic medal.
The Walthamstow-born middleweight had to settle for bronze, however, after a quarter-final defeat to Spain's Nicolas Garcia Hemme. He went on to dominate Arman Yeremyan in the bronze-medal match, winning 9-3, to ensure a spot on the podium.
"It was a wonderful experience and I think winning an Olympic medal, in front of a home crowd at a home Games is something I will cherish for the rest of my life," said the 21-year-old.
"Proving a point wasn't my attitude. There is always going to be critics and people who will think for some reason or another that I shouldn't have gone, but I think that is all behind me now.
"My focus is the future. I'm very proud I managed to win an Olympic medal and hopefully I can go one or two further in Rio.
"It was a very tough ordeal and it was horrible at times, but I had to focus on the Olympics.
"My focus was to win a gold medal. I have come up a little short on that front but I'm very happy and proud to have a bronze medal around my neck."
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By Paul Smith, Sportsbeat - 0870 445 0156