London 2012: Anthony Ogogo targets gold medal
ANTHONY Ogogo secured himself and Suffolk an Olympic medal on Monday night – but the fighter insists he won’t be happy until he tops the London 2012 podium and fulfils his childhood dream.
Ogogo, 23, from Lowestoft, claimed a hard-fought 15-10 win over Germany’s Stefan Hartel to secure at least a middleweight bronze.
He now faces fourth seed Esquiva Falcao Florentino of Brazil in Friday’s semi-final for the right to fight for gold.
“It feels good to be in the semi-finals but it is not enough,” he said.
“I have always dreamt of being Olympic champion since I was 12 years old so I will get my head down now and concentrate on the next fight.
“I didn’t dream of winning bronze when I was younger I dreamt of gold.
“I won’t be stopping thinking about getting gold though now just because it is getting close. I am going to try and push on now.”
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Ogogo’s journey to Olympic success has been an emotional one – he battled serious injury just to qualify, while his mother Teresa is still recovering from a brain haemorrhage.
And he admitted that Saturday’s success for Team GB – as Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford all claimed gold – had also inspired him.
“I watched Mo Farah and Jess Ennis win their golds the other night and it does inspire you,” he said.
“I am not afraid to say that I had a little tear in my eye watching that and I was inspired by Beth Tweddle winning a bronze earlier as well.”
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