Gateshead boxer McCormack qualifies for Rio Olympics

Wales Joseph Cordina (right) in action against England's Pat McCormack during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Pat McCormack has become the 11th British boxer to qualify for the Rio Olympics after his victory at a tournament in Azerbaijan.

The 21-year-old, from Birtley in Gateshead, won his light-welterweight quarter-final against Hassan Amsil of France at a qualification event in Baku on Thursday.

McCormack had previously missed out on qualification for Rio 2016. Once at the World Championships and again during a qualifier in Turkey earlier this year.

After finally sealing his place at the Olympic Games for the first time, McCormack expressed his delight on twitter:

McCormack will line-up alongside Hartlepool's Savannah Marshall in Team GB's squad. The 25-year-old booked her place in Rio at the Women's World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan last month.

The pair could also be joined by Sunderland fighter Josh Kelly. The 22-year-old can claim Britain's 12th and final qualifying spot by winning his welterweight quarter-final match against Aaron Prince of Trinidad and Tobago tonight.