Team GB makes it 20 golds in breathtaking, brilliant Games

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Martin Belam

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Wins for Britain in the boxing and modern pentathlon helped put the finishing touches to its fourth-highest medal tally

Team GB made it 20 golds in Tokyo on Saturday as boxer Galal Yafai and then Joe Choong in the modern pentathlon won their events. It guaranteed that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would be Britain’s third-best gold medal haul since the 56 golds at the London Games of 1908. The team finished with 27 golds at Rio in 2016, and 29 at the London Games in 2012.

Birmingham’s 28-year-old Yafai claimed the flyweight title and Britain’s first gold in the ring. He floored Carlo Paalam of the Philippines in the opening round, then edged the split decision.

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