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Freddie "over the moon" with silver medal

Fred Evans finished in second place Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Newport boxer Fred Evans has won a silver medal after losing the welterweight final at London 2012.

Fred is the first Welsh boxer to win an Olympic medal since 1972.

After the fight, he said: "I'm over the moon with a silver medal. I'm still young, so I've done well to get to the final."

Kazakhstan's Serik Sapiyev claimed the welterweight crown with the final score of 17 points to nine.

European champion Evans disposed of world champion and world number one Taras Shelestyuk in the semi-final but failed to dominate in the ring this afternoon.

Evans, who lost every round, admitted after the fight that his opponent was 'sharper' than he was, but was thrilled to have made it to the final on the back of five very tough fights during London 2012.

Congratulations to Fred Evans on his historic silver medal today. He has fought brilliantly throughout the competition to win Wales’ first ever silver Olympic boxing medal and can surely look forward to a very bright future at just 21 years of age. This seventh medal from a Welsh competitor is the icing on the cake for Wales.

– Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales

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