Beatriz Ferreira may not have claimed the gold, but she’s still an Olympic medalist…
The 28-year-old Brazilian boxer lost her gold medal bout in the women’s lightweight boxing division at the 2020 Tokyo Games by unanimous decision to Ireland’s Kellie Harrington.
Harrington weathered a punishing opening round in which she was caught off-balance by one of Ferreira’s many flurries, who was up on three of the five judges’ scorecards after the first three minutes.
But Harrington made technical adjustments, switching to southpaw and boxing behind her jab expertly to control the distance, with Ferreira often swinging at fresh air as she lost the second round on every card.
Ferreira showed improvements in the final round but absorbed a big left hand from Harrington, while the pair traded big shots in the final few seconds before embracing each other at the final bell.
Harrington was once again favored by all five judges in the final round and was announced as the winner on every scorecard.