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The joint South Korea and North Korea table tennis team pose with a flag of the Korea peninsula at the world championships (AFP Photo/Jonas EKSTROMER)
The joint South Korea and North Korea table tennis team pose with a flag of the Korea peninsula at the world championships
The joint South Korea and North Korea table tennis team pose with a flag of the Korea peninsula at the world championships (AFP Photo/Jonas EKSTROMER)
The combined Korea table tennis team applaud during the Women's semifinal match between Korea and Japan at the World Team Table Tennis Championship, in Halmstad, Sweden, Friday, May 4, 2018. North and South Korea have combined their women's teams at the table tennis world championships. (Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency via AP)
Combined Korean team takes bronze at table tennis worlds
The combined Korea table tennis team applaud during the Women's semifinal match between Korea and Japan at the World Team Table Tennis Championship, in Halmstad, Sweden, Friday, May 4, 2018. North and South Korea have combined their women's teams at the table tennis world championships. (Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency via AP)
The joint Korea table tennis team during the women's semifinal Korea-Japan at the world team table tennis chamipionships in Halmstad, Sweden Friday May 4, 2018. (Jonas Ekstromer/TT via AP)
Combined Korean team takes bronze at table tennis worlds
The joint Korea table tennis team during the women's semifinal Korea-Japan at the world team table tennis chamipionships in Halmstad, Sweden Friday May 4, 2018. (Jonas Ekstromer/TT via AP)
Korea's Kim Song during the women's semifinal Korea-Japan at the world team table tennis chamipionships in Halmstad, Sweden Friday May 4, 2018. (Jonas Ekstromer/TT via AP)
Combined Korean team takes bronze at table tennis worlds
Korea's Kim Song during the women's semifinal Korea-Japan at the world team table tennis chamipionships in Halmstad, Sweden Friday May 4, 2018. (Jonas Ekstromer/TT via AP)
North and South Korea lay down table tennis bats to unite in World Team Championships quarter-final
North and South Korea lay down table tennis bats to unite in World Team Championships quarter-final
North and South Korea lay down table tennis bats to unite in World Team Championships quarter-final
North and South Korea lay down table tennis bats to unite in World Team Championships quarter-final
North and South Korea lay down table tennis bats to unite in World Team Championships quarter-final
North and South Korea lay down table tennis bats to unite in World Team Championships quarter-final
The two Koreas will field a combined team in the table tennis world championships semi finals after the nations decided not to compete against each other in the quarter-finals.
Korean teams unite half way through table tennis world championships
The two Koreas will field a combined team in the table tennis world championships semi finals after the nations decided not to compete against each other in the quarter-finals.
The two Koreas will field a combined team in the table tennis world championships semi finals after the nations decided not to compete against each other in the quarter-finals.
Korean teams unite half way through table tennis world championships
The two Koreas will field a combined team in the table tennis world championships semi finals after the nations decided not to compete against each other in the quarter-finals.
The two Koreas will field a combined team in the table tennis world championships semi finals after the nations decided not to compete against each other in the quarter-finals.
Korean teams unite half way through table tennis world championships
The two Koreas will field a combined team in the table tennis world championships semi finals after the nations decided not to compete against each other in the quarter-finals.
The two Koreas will field a combined team in the table tennis world championships semi finals after the nations decided not to compete against each other in the quarter-finals.
Korean teams unite half way through table tennis world championships
The two Koreas will field a combined team in the table tennis world championships semi finals after the nations decided not to compete against each other in the quarter-finals.
Members of North Korea and South Korea table tennis teams pose together for a group photo after deciding to combine their teams to avoid playing against each other in the Quarter Finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships at Halmstad Arena in Halmstad, Sweden, Thursday May 2, 2018. Their quarter final match was canceled after North and South Korea decided to play together in the semi finals, rather than eliminate one of their teams in the quarter final. ( Jonas Ekstromer/TT via AP)
Pingpong diplomacy: Koreas join teams at table tennis worlds
Members of North Korea and South Korea table tennis teams pose together for a group photo after deciding to combine their teams to avoid playing against each other in the Quarter Finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships at Halmstad Arena in Halmstad, Sweden, Thursday May 2, 2018. Their quarter final match was canceled after North and South Korea decided to play together in the semi finals, rather than eliminate one of their teams in the quarter final. ( Jonas Ekstromer/TT via AP)
Members of North Korea and South Korea table tennis teams pose together for a group photo after deciding to combine their teams to avoid playing against each other in the Quarter Finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships at Halmstad Arena in Halmstad, Sweden, Thursday May 2, 2018. Their quarter final match was canceled after North and South Korea decided to play together in the semi finals, rather than eliminate one of their teams in the quarter final. ( Jonas Ekstromer/TT via AP)
Pingpong diplomacy: Koreas join teams at table tennis worlds
Members of North Korea and South Korea table tennis teams pose together for a group photo after deciding to combine their teams to avoid playing against each other in the Quarter Finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships at Halmstad Arena in Halmstad, Sweden, Thursday May 2, 2018. Their quarter final match was canceled after North and South Korea decided to play together in the semi finals, rather than eliminate one of their teams in the quarter final. ( Jonas Ekstromer/TT via AP)
South Korean and North Korean teams receive standing ovations after deciding to form a unified Korean team for the upcoming semi-finals at the World Team Table Tennis Championships 2018, at Halmstad Arena in Halmstad, Sweden May 3, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS
World Team Table Tennis Championships
South Korean and North Korean teams receive standing ovations after deciding to form a unified Korean team for the upcoming semi-finals at the World Team Table Tennis Championships 2018, at Halmstad Arena in Halmstad, Sweden May 3, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS
Suh Hyo-Won of South Korea and Kim Song I of North Korea react after a news conference, in Halmstad, Sweden May 3, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS
World Team Table Tennis Championships
Suh Hyo-Won of South Korea and Kim Song I of North Korea react after a news conference, in Halmstad, Sweden May 3, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS
South Korean and North Korean teams receive standing ovations after deciding to form a unified Korean team for the upcoming semi-finals at the World Team Table Tennis Championships 2018, at Halmstad Arena in Halmstad, Sweden May 3, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS
World Team Table Tennis Championships
South Korean and North Korean teams receive standing ovations after deciding to form a unified Korean team for the upcoming semi-finals at the World Team Table Tennis Championships 2018, at Halmstad Arena in Halmstad, Sweden May 3, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS
Suh Hyo-Won of South Korea and Kim Song I of North Korea react after a news conference, in Halmstad, Sweden May 3, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS
World Team Table Tennis Championships
Suh Hyo-Won of South Korea and Kim Song I of North Korea react after a news conference, in Halmstad, Sweden May 3, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS
Suh Hyo-Won of South Korea and Kim Song I of North Korea react after a news conference, in Halmstad, Sweden May 3, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS
World Team Table Tennis Championships
Suh Hyo-Won of South Korea and Kim Song I of North Korea react after a news conference, in Halmstad, Sweden May 3, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS
South Korean and North Korean teams pose after deciding to form a unified Korean team for the upcoming semi-finals at the World Team Table Tennis Championships 2018, at Halmstad Arena in Halmstad, Sweden May 3, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS
World Team Table Tennis Championships
South Korean and North Korean teams pose after deciding to form a unified Korean team for the upcoming semi-finals at the World Team Table Tennis Championships 2018, at Halmstad Arena in Halmstad, Sweden May 3, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS
Table Tennis - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Men's Singles - Gold Medal Match - Nigeria v Singapore - Oxenford Studios - Gold Coast, Australia - April 15, 2018. Gao Ning of Singapore in action. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Table Tennis - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Men's Singles - Gold Medal Match - Nigeria v Singapore - Oxenford Studios - Gold Coast, Australia - April 15, 2018. Gao Ning of Singapore in action. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee
Frazer Clarke has spent more than 50 rounds in the ring with Anthony Joshua and had the privileged position of watching the world heavyweight champion’s title fights up close thanks to his work as a ringside security guard. At times he thought his time would never come, but on Saturday Clarke took the first step in emulating his great friend by claiming gold in the Gold Coast to round off England boxing's greatest ever day at the Commonwealth Games. A hulking brute of a man, Clarke first boxed internationally as a 16-year-old and had designs on competing as a super-heavyweight at the London 2012 Olympics. That slot instead went to Joshua, who won gold, and the same fate befell Clarke four years later when Joe Joyce was selected ahead of him. Two years on from that snub, Clarke, 26, emerged from a tough encounter with India’s Satish Kumar to claim Commonwealth gold by unanimous points decision, before insisting that he will emulate Joshua by winning gold Olympic at Tokyo 2020. Satish Kumar (L) was Clarke's (R) opponent in the final Credit: Getty Images “There were times when I thought maybe this is not for me,” he said. “I had the injuries, knock backs and I’ve been pipped to the Olympics twice. “Both times when I sit back and think about it I wasn’t ready. Could I have won gold in London? No. Could I have won gold in Rio? Maybe. I had a better chance than in London. “But the right two lads got picked for the job and served our country very well. My time will be in Tokyo. I believe everybody’s got an allotted time frame, I just took a bit longer.” Since first sparring with Joshua in 2009 – when he recalls laying eyes on a man who “looked like he’d been chiselled out of stone” – Clarke says he has used his friend’s success as a model to replicate, watching every detail from how much water he drinks to the way he stretches. The pair shared a ring together the day before Clarke flew out to Australia, but the new Commonwealth champion’s bravado meant he was eager not to be reduced to a description of someone else’s human punch bag. “I do spar with Joshua but I’m no-one’s sparring partner and I never have been,” he said. “We work with each other and help each other. It does help me out, but I help him out. “Ask the man himself, he don’t get any better sparring than me. He can ship them in from all over the world but nobody serves him better than I do. “I hope people know me now and recognise me. I’m Frazer Clarke, Big Fraze from a little town Burton-on-Trent. “If you don’t know me now then get to know me because you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me over the next few years.” Benefitting from the multi-million investment in Britain’s amateur boxing set-up in Sheffield, Team England came to the Gold Coast with high hopes and secured nine medals from their 12 fighters on Saturday. Clarke was one of six England gold medallists as Lisa Whiteside, Sandy Ryan, Galal Yafai, Peter McGrail and Pat McCormack helped beat the country’s previous Commonwealth Games record of five. Lisa Whiteside added to England's medal haul Credit: AP Having watched from the sidelines as her former team-mate and double Olympic champion Nicola Adams swept all before her, Whiteside finally took advantage of her time to shine to win flyweight gold. With Adams now operating in the professional ranks, Whiteside seized her chance with victory over Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul. “I’ve always been so close to standing on the top of that podium,” said Whiteside, 32. “I’ve had to bide my time, I’ve had to take knocks, I’ve had to be sat in the shadows. But now it’s about me, Lisa Whiteside, and I’m number one at the Commonwealth Games.” Away from the boxing ring there was double success for England’s sprint relay runners with both men and women’s 4x100m relay teams beating Jamaica to gold. Victory was some redemption for Zharnel Hughes, who thought he had won 200m gold earlier in the week only to be disqualified after the race. “It’s been a long week, but I’m still a gold medallist,” he said, after triumphing alongside Reuben Arthur, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. “I’ve put the 200m behind me. It’s in the past. This shows I am a world-class athlete.” England's (L-R) Lorraine Ugen, Bianca Williams, Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip celebrate winning gold in the Women's 4x100m Credit: PA Their female counterparts ran the fastest time in English history, despite regular runners Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams being joined by long jumper Lorraine Ugen, who was parachuted in at short notice. Ugen finished fourth in the long jump on Thursday and only trained with the squad for 10 minutes on Saturday morning, but ran the anchor leg in a national record 42.26 seconds. There were further gold medals for England’s David Luckman in the shooting Queen’s prize individual and men’s table tennis doubles pair Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall. Meanwhile, England’s men and women rugby sevens teams are both guaranteed the chance of fighting for a medal on Sunday after advancing safely to semi-finals against New Zealand.
Boxer Frazer Clarke wins Commonwealth Gold and targets Tokyo 2020 after sparring with Anthony Joshua
Frazer Clarke has spent more than 50 rounds in the ring with Anthony Joshua and had the privileged position of watching the world heavyweight champion’s title fights up close thanks to his work as a ringside security guard. At times he thought his time would never come, but on Saturday Clarke took the first step in emulating his great friend by claiming gold in the Gold Coast to round off England boxing's greatest ever day at the Commonwealth Games. A hulking brute of a man, Clarke first boxed internationally as a 16-year-old and had designs on competing as a super-heavyweight at the London 2012 Olympics. That slot instead went to Joshua, who won gold, and the same fate befell Clarke four years later when Joe Joyce was selected ahead of him. Two years on from that snub, Clarke, 26, emerged from a tough encounter with India’s Satish Kumar to claim Commonwealth gold by unanimous points decision, before insisting that he will emulate Joshua by winning gold Olympic at Tokyo 2020. Satish Kumar (L) was Clarke's (R) opponent in the final Credit: Getty Images “There were times when I thought maybe this is not for me,” he said. “I had the injuries, knock backs and I’ve been pipped to the Olympics twice. “Both times when I sit back and think about it I wasn’t ready. Could I have won gold in London? No. Could I have won gold in Rio? Maybe. I had a better chance than in London. “But the right two lads got picked for the job and served our country very well. My time will be in Tokyo. I believe everybody’s got an allotted time frame, I just took a bit longer.” Since first sparring with Joshua in 2009 – when he recalls laying eyes on a man who “looked like he’d been chiselled out of stone” – Clarke says he has used his friend’s success as a model to replicate, watching every detail from how much water he drinks to the way he stretches. The pair shared a ring together the day before Clarke flew out to Australia, but the new Commonwealth champion’s bravado meant he was eager not to be reduced to a description of someone else’s human punch bag. “I do spar with Joshua but I’m no-one’s sparring partner and I never have been,” he said. “We work with each other and help each other. It does help me out, but I help him out. “Ask the man himself, he don’t get any better sparring than me. He can ship them in from all over the world but nobody serves him better than I do. “I hope people know me now and recognise me. I’m Frazer Clarke, Big Fraze from a little town Burton-on-Trent. “If you don’t know me now then get to know me because you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me over the next few years.” Benefitting from the multi-million investment in Britain’s amateur boxing set-up in Sheffield, Team England came to the Gold Coast with high hopes and secured nine medals from their 12 fighters on Saturday. Clarke was one of six England gold medallists as Lisa Whiteside, Sandy Ryan, Galal Yafai, Peter McGrail and Pat McCormack helped beat the country’s previous Commonwealth Games record of five. Lisa Whiteside added to England's medal haul Credit: AP Having watched from the sidelines as her former team-mate and double Olympic champion Nicola Adams swept all before her, Whiteside finally took advantage of her time to shine to win flyweight gold. With Adams now operating in the professional ranks, Whiteside seized her chance with victory over Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul. “I’ve always been so close to standing on the top of that podium,” said Whiteside, 32. “I’ve had to bide my time, I’ve had to take knocks, I’ve had to be sat in the shadows. But now it’s about me, Lisa Whiteside, and I’m number one at the Commonwealth Games.” Away from the boxing ring there was double success for England’s sprint relay runners with both men and women’s 4x100m relay teams beating Jamaica to gold. Victory was some redemption for Zharnel Hughes, who thought he had won 200m gold earlier in the week only to be disqualified after the race. “It’s been a long week, but I’m still a gold medallist,” he said, after triumphing alongside Reuben Arthur, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. “I’ve put the 200m behind me. It’s in the past. This shows I am a world-class athlete.” England's (L-R) Lorraine Ugen, Bianca Williams, Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip celebrate winning gold in the Women's 4x100m Credit: PA Their female counterparts ran the fastest time in English history, despite regular runners Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams being joined by long jumper Lorraine Ugen, who was parachuted in at short notice. Ugen finished fourth in the long jump on Thursday and only trained with the squad for 10 minutes on Saturday morning, but ran the anchor leg in a national record 42.26 seconds. There were further gold medals for England’s David Luckman in the shooting Queen’s prize individual and men’s table tennis doubles pair Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall. Meanwhile, England’s men and women rugby sevens teams are both guaranteed the chance of fighting for a medal on Sunday after advancing safely to semi-finals against New Zealand.
Frazer Clarke has spent more than 50 rounds in the ring with Anthony Joshua and had the privileged position of watching the world heavyweight champion’s title fights up close thanks to his work as a ringside security guard. At times he thought his time would never come, but on Saturday Clarke took the first step in emulating his great friend by claiming gold in the Gold Coast to round off England boxing's greatest ever day at the Commonwealth Games. A hulking brute of a man, Clarke first boxed internationally as a 16-year-old and had designs on competing as a super-heavyweight at the London 2012 Olympics. That slot instead went to Joshua, who won gold, and the same fate befell Clarke four years later when Joe Joyce was selected ahead of him. Two years on from that snub, Clarke, 26, emerged from a tough encounter with India’s Satish Kumar to claim Commonwealth gold by unanimous points decision, before insisting that he will emulate Joshua by winning gold Olympic at Tokyo 2020. Satish Kumar (L) was Clarke's (R) opponent in the final Credit: Getty Images “There were times when I thought maybe this is not for me,” he said. “I had the injuries, knock backs and I’ve been pipped to the Olympics twice. “Both times when I sit back and think about it I wasn’t ready. Could I have won gold in London? No. Could I have won gold in Rio? Maybe. I had a better chance than in London. “But the right two lads got picked for the job and served our country very well. My time will be in Tokyo. I believe everybody’s got an allotted time frame, I just took a bit longer.” Since first sparring with Joshua in 2009 – when he recalls laying eyes on a man who “looked like he’d been chiselled out of stone” – Clarke says he has used his friend’s success as a model to replicate, watching every detail from how much water he drinks to the way he stretches. The pair shared a ring together the day before Clarke flew out to Australia, but the new Commonwealth champion’s bravado meant he was eager not to be reduced to a description of someone else’s human punch bag. “I do spar with Joshua but I’m no-one’s sparring partner and I never have been,” he said. “We work with each other and help each other. It does help me out, but I help him out. “Ask the man himself, he don’t get any better sparring than me. He can ship them in from all over the world but nobody serves him better than I do. “I hope people know me now and recognise me. I’m Frazer Clarke, Big Fraze from a little town Burton-on-Trent. “If you don’t know me now then get to know me because you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me over the next few years.” Benefitting from the multi-million investment in Britain’s amateur boxing set-up in Sheffield, Team England came to the Gold Coast with high hopes and secured nine medals from their 12 fighters on Saturday. Clarke was one of six England gold medallists as Lisa Whiteside, Sandy Ryan, Galal Yafai, Peter McGrail and Pat McCormack helped beat the country’s previous Commonwealth Games record of five. Lisa Whiteside added to England's medal haul Credit: AP Having watched from the sidelines as her former team-mate and double Olympic champion Nicola Adams swept all before her, Whiteside finally took advantage of her time to shine to win flyweight gold. With Adams now operating in the professional ranks, Whiteside seized her chance with victory over Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul. “I’ve always been so close to standing on the top of that podium,” said Whiteside, 32. “I’ve had to bide my time, I’ve had to take knocks, I’ve had to be sat in the shadows. But now it’s about me, Lisa Whiteside, and I’m number one at the Commonwealth Games.” Away from the boxing ring there was double success for England’s sprint relay runners with both men and women’s 4x100m relay teams beating Jamaica to gold. Victory was some redemption for Zharnel Hughes, who thought he had won 200m gold earlier in the week only to be disqualified after the race. “It’s been a long week, but I’m still a gold medallist,” he said, after triumphing alongside Reuben Arthur, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. “I’ve put the 200m behind me. It’s in the past. This shows I am a world-class athlete.” England's (L-R) Lorraine Ugen, Bianca Williams, Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip celebrate winning gold in the Women's 4x100m Credit: PA Their female counterparts ran the fastest time in English history, despite regular runners Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams being joined by long jumper Lorraine Ugen, who was parachuted in at short notice. Ugen finished fourth in the long jump on Thursday and only trained with the squad for 10 minutes on Saturday morning, but ran the anchor leg in a national record 42.26 seconds. There were further gold medals for England’s David Luckman in the shooting Queen’s prize individual and men’s table tennis doubles pair Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall. Meanwhile, England’s men and women rugby sevens teams are both guaranteed the chance of fighting for a medal on Sunday after advancing safely to semi-finals against New Zealand.
Boxer Frazer Clarke wins Commonwealth Gold and targets Tokyo 2020 after sparring with Anthony Joshua
Frazer Clarke has spent more than 50 rounds in the ring with Anthony Joshua and had the privileged position of watching the world heavyweight champion’s title fights up close thanks to his work as a ringside security guard. At times he thought his time would never come, but on Saturday Clarke took the first step in emulating his great friend by claiming gold in the Gold Coast to round off England boxing's greatest ever day at the Commonwealth Games. A hulking brute of a man, Clarke first boxed internationally as a 16-year-old and had designs on competing as a super-heavyweight at the London 2012 Olympics. That slot instead went to Joshua, who won gold, and the same fate befell Clarke four years later when Joe Joyce was selected ahead of him. Two years on from that snub, Clarke, 26, emerged from a tough encounter with India’s Satish Kumar to claim Commonwealth gold by unanimous points decision, before insisting that he will emulate Joshua by winning gold Olympic at Tokyo 2020. Satish Kumar (L) was Clarke's (R) opponent in the final Credit: Getty Images “There were times when I thought maybe this is not for me,” he said. “I had the injuries, knock backs and I’ve been pipped to the Olympics twice. “Both times when I sit back and think about it I wasn’t ready. Could I have won gold in London? No. Could I have won gold in Rio? Maybe. I had a better chance than in London. “But the right two lads got picked for the job and served our country very well. My time will be in Tokyo. I believe everybody’s got an allotted time frame, I just took a bit longer.” Since first sparring with Joshua in 2009 – when he recalls laying eyes on a man who “looked like he’d been chiselled out of stone” – Clarke says he has used his friend’s success as a model to replicate, watching every detail from how much water he drinks to the way he stretches. The pair shared a ring together the day before Clarke flew out to Australia, but the new Commonwealth champion’s bravado meant he was eager not to be reduced to a description of someone else’s human punch bag. “I do spar with Joshua but I’m no-one’s sparring partner and I never have been,” he said. “We work with each other and help each other. It does help me out, but I help him out. “Ask the man himself, he don’t get any better sparring than me. He can ship them in from all over the world but nobody serves him better than I do. “I hope people know me now and recognise me. I’m Frazer Clarke, Big Fraze from a little town Burton-on-Trent. “If you don’t know me now then get to know me because you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me over the next few years.” Benefitting from the multi-million investment in Britain’s amateur boxing set-up in Sheffield, Team England came to the Gold Coast with high hopes and secured nine medals from their 12 fighters on Saturday. Clarke was one of six England gold medallists as Lisa Whiteside, Sandy Ryan, Galal Yafai, Peter McGrail and Pat McCormack helped beat the country’s previous Commonwealth Games record of five. Lisa Whiteside added to England's medal haul Credit: AP Having watched from the sidelines as her former team-mate and double Olympic champion Nicola Adams swept all before her, Whiteside finally took advantage of her time to shine to win flyweight gold. With Adams now operating in the professional ranks, Whiteside seized her chance with victory over Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul. “I’ve always been so close to standing on the top of that podium,” said Whiteside, 32. “I’ve had to bide my time, I’ve had to take knocks, I’ve had to be sat in the shadows. But now it’s about me, Lisa Whiteside, and I’m number one at the Commonwealth Games.” Away from the boxing ring there was double success for England’s sprint relay runners with both men and women’s 4x100m relay teams beating Jamaica to gold. Victory was some redemption for Zharnel Hughes, who thought he had won 200m gold earlier in the week only to be disqualified after the race. “It’s been a long week, but I’m still a gold medallist,” he said, after triumphing alongside Reuben Arthur, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. “I’ve put the 200m behind me. It’s in the past. This shows I am a world-class athlete.” England's (L-R) Lorraine Ugen, Bianca Williams, Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip celebrate winning gold in the Women's 4x100m Credit: PA Their female counterparts ran the fastest time in English history, despite regular runners Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams being joined by long jumper Lorraine Ugen, who was parachuted in at short notice. Ugen finished fourth in the long jump on Thursday and only trained with the squad for 10 minutes on Saturday morning, but ran the anchor leg in a national record 42.26 seconds. There were further gold medals for England’s David Luckman in the shooting Queen’s prize individual and men’s table tennis doubles pair Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall. Meanwhile, England’s men and women rugby sevens teams are both guaranteed the chance of fighting for a medal on Sunday after advancing safely to semi-finals against New Zealand.
Frazer Clarke has spent more than 50 rounds in the ring with Anthony Joshua and had the privileged position of watching the world heavyweight champion’s title fights up close thanks to his work as a ringside security guard. At times he thought his time would never come, but on Saturday Clarke took the first step in emulating his great friend by claiming gold in the Gold Coast to round off England boxing's greatest ever day at the Commonwealth Games. A hulking brute of a man, Clarke first boxed internationally as a 16-year-old and had designs on competing as a super-heavyweight at the London 2012 Olympics. That slot instead went to Joshua, who won gold, and the same fate befell Clarke four years later when Joe Joyce was selected ahead of him. Two years on from that snub, Clarke, 26, emerged from a tough encounter with India’s Satish Kumar to claim Commonwealth gold by unanimous points decision, before insisting that he will emulate Joshua by winning gold Olympic at Tokyo 2020. Satish Kumar (L) was Clarke's (R) opponent in the final Credit: Getty Images “There were times when I thought maybe this is not for me,” he said. “I had the injuries, knock backs and I’ve been pipped to the Olympics twice. “Both times when I sit back and think about it I wasn’t ready. Could I have won gold in London? No. Could I have won gold in Rio? Maybe. I had a better chance than in London. “But the right two lads got picked for the job and served our country very well. My time will be in Tokyo. I believe everybody’s got an allotted time frame, I just took a bit longer.” Since first sparring with Joshua in 2009 – when he recalls laying eyes on a man who “looked like he’d been chiselled out of stone” – Clarke says he has used his friend’s success as a model to replicate, watching every detail from how much water he drinks to the way he stretches. The pair shared a ring together the day before Clarke flew out to Australia, but the new Commonwealth champion’s bravado meant he was eager not to be reduced to a description of someone else’s human punch bag. “I do spar with Joshua but I’m no-one’s sparring partner and I never have been,” he said. “We work with each other and help each other. It does help me out, but I help him out. “Ask the man himself, he don’t get any better sparring than me. He can ship them in from all over the world but nobody serves him better than I do. “I hope people know me now and recognise me. I’m Frazer Clarke, Big Fraze from a little town Burton-on-Trent. “If you don’t know me now then get to know me because you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me over the next few years.” Benefitting from the multi-million investment in Britain’s amateur boxing set-up in Sheffield, Team England came to the Gold Coast with high hopes and secured nine medals from their 12 fighters on Saturday. Clarke was one of six England gold medallists as Lisa Whiteside, Sandy Ryan, Galal Yafai, Peter McGrail and Pat McCormack helped beat the country’s previous Commonwealth Games record of five. Lisa Whiteside added to England's medal haul Credit: AP Having watched from the sidelines as her former team-mate and double Olympic champion Nicola Adams swept all before her, Whiteside finally took advantage of her time to shine to win flyweight gold. With Adams now operating in the professional ranks, Whiteside seized her chance with victory over Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul. “I’ve always been so close to standing on the top of that podium,” said Whiteside, 32. “I’ve had to bide my time, I’ve had to take knocks, I’ve had to be sat in the shadows. But now it’s about me, Lisa Whiteside, and I’m number one at the Commonwealth Games.” Away from the boxing ring there was double success for England’s sprint relay runners with both men and women’s 4x100m relay teams beating Jamaica to gold. Victory was some redemption for Zharnel Hughes, who thought he had won 200m gold earlier in the week only to be disqualified after the race. “It’s been a long week, but I’m still a gold medallist,” he said, after triumphing alongside Reuben Arthur, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. “I’ve put the 200m behind me. It’s in the past. This shows I am a world-class athlete.” England's (L-R) Lorraine Ugen, Bianca Williams, Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip celebrate winning gold in the Women's 4x100m Credit: PA Their female counterparts ran the fastest time in English history, despite regular runners Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams being joined by long jumper Lorraine Ugen, who was parachuted in at short notice. Ugen finished fourth in the long jump on Thursday and only trained with the squad for 10 minutes on Saturday morning, but ran the anchor leg in a national record 42.26 seconds. There were further gold medals for England’s David Luckman in the shooting Queen’s prize individual and men’s table tennis doubles pair Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall. Meanwhile, England’s men and women rugby sevens teams are both guaranteed the chance of fighting for a medal on Sunday after advancing safely to semi-finals against New Zealand.
Boxer Frazer Clarke wins Commonwealth Gold and targets Tokyo 2020 after sparring with Anthony Joshua
Frazer Clarke has spent more than 50 rounds in the ring with Anthony Joshua and had the privileged position of watching the world heavyweight champion’s title fights up close thanks to his work as a ringside security guard. At times he thought his time would never come, but on Saturday Clarke took the first step in emulating his great friend by claiming gold in the Gold Coast to round off England boxing's greatest ever day at the Commonwealth Games. A hulking brute of a man, Clarke first boxed internationally as a 16-year-old and had designs on competing as a super-heavyweight at the London 2012 Olympics. That slot instead went to Joshua, who won gold, and the same fate befell Clarke four years later when Joe Joyce was selected ahead of him. Two years on from that snub, Clarke, 26, emerged from a tough encounter with India’s Satish Kumar to claim Commonwealth gold by unanimous points decision, before insisting that he will emulate Joshua by winning gold Olympic at Tokyo 2020. Satish Kumar (L) was Clarke's (R) opponent in the final Credit: Getty Images “There were times when I thought maybe this is not for me,” he said. “I had the injuries, knock backs and I’ve been pipped to the Olympics twice. “Both times when I sit back and think about it I wasn’t ready. Could I have won gold in London? No. Could I have won gold in Rio? Maybe. I had a better chance than in London. “But the right two lads got picked for the job and served our country very well. My time will be in Tokyo. I believe everybody’s got an allotted time frame, I just took a bit longer.” Since first sparring with Joshua in 2009 – when he recalls laying eyes on a man who “looked like he’d been chiselled out of stone” – Clarke says he has used his friend’s success as a model to replicate, watching every detail from how much water he drinks to the way he stretches. The pair shared a ring together the day before Clarke flew out to Australia, but the new Commonwealth champion’s bravado meant he was eager not to be reduced to a description of someone else’s human punch bag. “I do spar with Joshua but I’m no-one’s sparring partner and I never have been,” he said. “We work with each other and help each other. It does help me out, but I help him out. “Ask the man himself, he don’t get any better sparring than me. He can ship them in from all over the world but nobody serves him better than I do. “I hope people know me now and recognise me. I’m Frazer Clarke, Big Fraze from a little town Burton-on-Trent. “If you don’t know me now then get to know me because you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me over the next few years.” Benefitting from the multi-million investment in Britain’s amateur boxing set-up in Sheffield, Team England came to the Gold Coast with high hopes and secured nine medals from their 12 fighters on Saturday. Clarke was one of six England gold medallists as Lisa Whiteside, Sandy Ryan, Galal Yafai, Peter McGrail and Pat McCormack helped beat the country’s previous Commonwealth Games record of five. Lisa Whiteside added to England's medal haul Credit: AP Having watched from the sidelines as her former team-mate and double Olympic champion Nicola Adams swept all before her, Whiteside finally took advantage of her time to shine to win flyweight gold. With Adams now operating in the professional ranks, Whiteside seized her chance with victory over Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul. “I’ve always been so close to standing on the top of that podium,” said Whiteside, 32. “I’ve had to bide my time, I’ve had to take knocks, I’ve had to be sat in the shadows. But now it’s about me, Lisa Whiteside, and I’m number one at the Commonwealth Games.” Away from the boxing ring there was double success for England’s sprint relay runners with both men and women’s 4x100m relay teams beating Jamaica to gold. Victory was some redemption for Zharnel Hughes, who thought he had won 200m gold earlier in the week only to be disqualified after the race. “It’s been a long week, but I’m still a gold medallist,” he said, after triumphing alongside Reuben Arthur, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. “I’ve put the 200m behind me. It’s in the past. This shows I am a world-class athlete.” England's (L-R) Lorraine Ugen, Bianca Williams, Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip celebrate winning gold in the Women's 4x100m Credit: PA Their female counterparts ran the fastest time in English history, despite regular runners Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams being joined by long jumper Lorraine Ugen, who was parachuted in at short notice. Ugen finished fourth in the long jump on Thursday and only trained with the squad for 10 minutes on Saturday morning, but ran the anchor leg in a national record 42.26 seconds. There were further gold medals for England’s David Luckman in the shooting Queen’s prize individual and men’s table tennis doubles pair Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall. Meanwhile, England’s men and women rugby sevens teams are both guaranteed the chance of fighting for a medal on Sunday after advancing safely to semi-finals against New Zealand.
Frazer Clarke has spent more than 50 rounds in the ring with Anthony Joshua and had the privileged position of watching the world heavyweight champion’s title fights up close thanks to his work as a ringside security guard. At times he thought his time would never come, but on Saturday Clarke took the first step in emulating his great friend by claiming gold in the Gold Coast to round off England boxing's greatest ever day at the Commonwealth Games. A hulking brute of a man, Clarke first boxed internationally as a 16-year-old and had designs on competing as a super-heavyweight at the London 2012 Olympics. That slot instead went to Joshua, who won gold, and the same fate befell Clarke four years later when Joe Joyce was selected ahead of him. Two years on from that snub, Clarke, 26, emerged from a tough encounter with India’s Satish Kumar to claim Commonwealth gold by unanimous points decision, before insisting that he will emulate Joshua by winning gold Olympic at Tokyo 2020. Satish Kumar (L) was Clarke's (R) opponent in the final Credit: Getty Images “There were times when I thought maybe this is not for me,” he said. “I had the injuries, knock backs and I’ve been pipped to the Olympics twice. “Both times when I sit back and think about it I wasn’t ready. Could I have won gold in London? No. Could I have won gold in Rio? Maybe. I had a better chance than in London. “But the right two lads got picked for the job and served our country very well. My time will be in Tokyo. I believe everybody’s got an allotted time frame, I just took a bit longer.” Since first sparring with Joshua in 2009 – when he recalls laying eyes on a man who “looked like he’d been chiselled out of stone” – Clarke says he has used his friend’s success as a model to replicate, watching every detail from how much water he drinks to the way he stretches. The pair shared a ring together the day before Clarke flew out to Australia, but the new Commonwealth champion’s bravado meant he was eager not to be reduced to a description of someone else’s human punch bag. “I do spar with Joshua but I’m no-one’s sparring partner and I never have been,” he said. “We work with each other and help each other. It does help me out, but I help him out. “Ask the man himself, he don’t get any better sparring than me. He can ship them in from all over the world but nobody serves him better than I do. “I hope people know me now and recognise me. I’m Frazer Clarke, Big Fraze from a little town Burton-on-Trent. “If you don’t know me now then get to know me because you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me over the next few years.” Benefitting from the multi-million investment in Britain’s amateur boxing set-up in Sheffield, Team England came to the Gold Coast with high hopes and secured nine medals from their 12 fighters on Saturday. Clarke was one of six England gold medallists as Lisa Whiteside, Sandy Ryan, Galal Yafai, Peter McGrail and Pat McCormack helped beat the country’s previous Commonwealth Games record of five. Lisa Whiteside added to England's medal haul Credit: AP Having watched from the sidelines as her former team-mate and double Olympic champion Nicola Adams swept all before her, Whiteside finally took advantage of her time to shine to win flyweight gold. With Adams now operating in the professional ranks, Whiteside seized her chance with victory over Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul. “I’ve always been so close to standing on the top of that podium,” said Whiteside, 32. “I’ve had to bide my time, I’ve had to take knocks, I’ve had to be sat in the shadows. But now it’s about me, Lisa Whiteside, and I’m number one at the Commonwealth Games.” Away from the boxing ring there was double success for England’s sprint relay runners with both men and women’s 4x100m relay teams beating Jamaica to gold. Victory was some redemption for Zharnel Hughes, who thought he had won 200m gold earlier in the week only to be disqualified after the race. “It’s been a long week, but I’m still a gold medallist,” he said, after triumphing alongside Reuben Arthur, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. “I’ve put the 200m behind me. It’s in the past. This shows I am a world-class athlete.” England's (L-R) Lorraine Ugen, Bianca Williams, Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip celebrate winning gold in the Women's 4x100m Credit: PA Their female counterparts ran the fastest time in English history, despite regular runners Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams being joined by long jumper Lorraine Ugen, who was parachuted in at short notice. Ugen finished fourth in the long jump on Thursday and only trained with the squad for 10 minutes on Saturday morning, but ran the anchor leg in a national record 42.26 seconds. There were further gold medals for England’s David Luckman in the shooting Queen’s prize individual and men’s table tennis doubles pair Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall. Meanwhile, England’s men and women rugby sevens teams are both guaranteed the chance of fighting for a medal on Sunday after advancing safely to semi-finals against New Zealand.
Boxer Frazer Clarke wins Commonwealth Gold and targets Tokyo 2020 after sparring with Anthony Joshua
Frazer Clarke has spent more than 50 rounds in the ring with Anthony Joshua and had the privileged position of watching the world heavyweight champion’s title fights up close thanks to his work as a ringside security guard. At times he thought his time would never come, but on Saturday Clarke took the first step in emulating his great friend by claiming gold in the Gold Coast to round off England boxing's greatest ever day at the Commonwealth Games. A hulking brute of a man, Clarke first boxed internationally as a 16-year-old and had designs on competing as a super-heavyweight at the London 2012 Olympics. That slot instead went to Joshua, who won gold, and the same fate befell Clarke four years later when Joe Joyce was selected ahead of him. Two years on from that snub, Clarke, 26, emerged from a tough encounter with India’s Satish Kumar to claim Commonwealth gold by unanimous points decision, before insisting that he will emulate Joshua by winning gold Olympic at Tokyo 2020. Satish Kumar (L) was Clarke's (R) opponent in the final Credit: Getty Images “There were times when I thought maybe this is not for me,” he said. “I had the injuries, knock backs and I’ve been pipped to the Olympics twice. “Both times when I sit back and think about it I wasn’t ready. Could I have won gold in London? No. Could I have won gold in Rio? Maybe. I had a better chance than in London. “But the right two lads got picked for the job and served our country very well. My time will be in Tokyo. I believe everybody’s got an allotted time frame, I just took a bit longer.” Since first sparring with Joshua in 2009 – when he recalls laying eyes on a man who “looked like he’d been chiselled out of stone” – Clarke says he has used his friend’s success as a model to replicate, watching every detail from how much water he drinks to the way he stretches. The pair shared a ring together the day before Clarke flew out to Australia, but the new Commonwealth champion’s bravado meant he was eager not to be reduced to a description of someone else’s human punch bag. “I do spar with Joshua but I’m no-one’s sparring partner and I never have been,” he said. “We work with each other and help each other. It does help me out, but I help him out. “Ask the man himself, he don’t get any better sparring than me. He can ship them in from all over the world but nobody serves him better than I do. “I hope people know me now and recognise me. I’m Frazer Clarke, Big Fraze from a little town Burton-on-Trent. “If you don’t know me now then get to know me because you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me over the next few years.” Benefitting from the multi-million investment in Britain’s amateur boxing set-up in Sheffield, Team England came to the Gold Coast with high hopes and secured nine medals from their 12 fighters on Saturday. Clarke was one of six England gold medallists as Lisa Whiteside, Sandy Ryan, Galal Yafai, Peter McGrail and Pat McCormack helped beat the country’s previous Commonwealth Games record of five. Lisa Whiteside added to England's medal haul Credit: AP Having watched from the sidelines as her former team-mate and double Olympic champion Nicola Adams swept all before her, Whiteside finally took advantage of her time to shine to win flyweight gold. With Adams now operating in the professional ranks, Whiteside seized her chance with victory over Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul. “I’ve always been so close to standing on the top of that podium,” said Whiteside, 32. “I’ve had to bide my time, I’ve had to take knocks, I’ve had to be sat in the shadows. But now it’s about me, Lisa Whiteside, and I’m number one at the Commonwealth Games.” Away from the boxing ring there was double success for England’s sprint relay runners with both men and women’s 4x100m relay teams beating Jamaica to gold. Victory was some redemption for Zharnel Hughes, who thought he had won 200m gold earlier in the week only to be disqualified after the race. “It’s been a long week, but I’m still a gold medallist,” he said, after triumphing alongside Reuben Arthur, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. “I’ve put the 200m behind me. It’s in the past. This shows I am a world-class athlete.” England's (L-R) Lorraine Ugen, Bianca Williams, Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip celebrate winning gold in the Women's 4x100m Credit: PA Their female counterparts ran the fastest time in English history, despite regular runners Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams being joined by long jumper Lorraine Ugen, who was parachuted in at short notice. Ugen finished fourth in the long jump on Thursday and only trained with the squad for 10 minutes on Saturday morning, but ran the anchor leg in a national record 42.26 seconds. There were further gold medals for England’s David Luckman in the shooting Queen’s prize individual and men’s table tennis doubles pair Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall. Meanwhile, England’s men and women rugby sevens teams are both guaranteed the chance of fighting for a medal on Sunday after advancing safely to semi-finals against New Zealand.
Table Tennis - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Mixed Doubles Semifinal 1 - Singapore v India - Oxenford Studios - Gold Coast, Australia - April 14, 2018. Sharath Achanta of India in action. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Table Tennis - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Mixed Doubles Semifinal 1 - Singapore v India - Oxenford Studios - Gold Coast, Australia - April 14, 2018. Sharath Achanta of India in action. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee
Wales' eleven-year-old table tennis player Anna Hursey, right, watches teammate Charlotte Carey play against India's Manika Batra during their women's team match the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios on the Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, April 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
11-year-old table tennis player loses at Commonwealth Games
Wales' eleven-year-old table tennis player Anna Hursey, right, watches teammate Charlotte Carey play against India's Manika Batra during their women's team match the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios on the Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, April 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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