As thoughts turn to the Spice Girls in the closing ceremony and what exactly 'legacy' might mean, Tobias Gourlay steps into the ring for one final time
"Joshua's fast hands should be too much for 32-year-old Cammarelle"
The doubters stripped Mo Farah of his status as favourite for last night's 5,000m. He proved them wrong in fine style and rewarded this column for its steadfast support.
That's all in the history books now. And we'll not mention that we opposed him in the 10,000m the week before. Looking ahead, Britain can trouser two more boxing golds on the final day of London 2012. Freddie Evans sneaked past Taras Shelestyuk, the number one ranked welterweight, by a single point in his semi-final, but is not favoured to beat Serik Sapiyev in the final. The 28-year-old Kazakh is a two-time world champion and has hardly broken sweat to get to this stage of the Olympics, scoring 18 points or more in each of this three bouts and winning them by a combined 63-32.
Evans, a 21-year-old Welshman, won the European title in Turkey last year, but has been somewhat less convincing. He won his semi-final by a single point and had to rely on a countback after his quarter-final with Custio Clayton finished level.
The super heavyweight final is an hour later at 3.15pm. Anthony Joshua landed some thunderous blows on semi-final opponent Ivan Dychko, even bloodying the Kazakh's nose. The margin of victory was only a couple of points in the end, but the Brit is a 1.444/9 favourite to beat Robert Cammarelle in the gold medal fight and add his name to a list of Olympic champions that includes Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and, ah, Audley Harrison. The Italian has been involved in close matches too, winning his quarter-final and then his semi-final by a single point.
Cammarelle, the reigning champion and two-time world champion, is a decade older than 22-year-old Joshua, who wasn't even taking boxing seriously four years ago, and his experience demands respect, but the Brit's fast hands might be the difference, just as they were when the pair fought at the most recent world championships.