Devastated Ben could barely contain himself as he was visibly distraught at his performance. The 24-year-old slammed his Olympic final bout despite a valiant effort against Cuba’s Arlen Lopez which was decided by a split decision. Mr Whittaker said it will “take years” to get over the result as he was consoled ring side by coaches and supporters.
“You’re in this game to win gold not win silver… This feeling will stick with me now and I don’t want to feel like this again.”
The boxer was then asked if “on reflection” his heartbreak could change.
The silver medallist replied: “Truthfully no, probably in a couple of years when I look back with my kids.
“I’m going to try to push this to the back of my mind because I didn’t achieve what I wanted to achieve.
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Mr Whittaker then turned to the camera and in a deeply honest moment, he said: “I just want to say to everybody I don’t want to look like a baby or a spoilt brat.
“I am just so upset I didn’t win gold.
“To me I feel like I have lost the gold, that’s it.
“I can’t celebrate a silver just yet.”