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Gavin out of Olympics:
British gold medal prospect Frankie Gavin has pulled out of the Olympic Games having failed to make his weight.

The lightweight world amateur champion is now flying home from the Team GB training camp in Macau.

Gavin, 23, would have needed to weigh in at 60kg (9st 6lb) on every day he competed in Beijing.

British former Olympic medallist Richie Woodhall described the news as a "total let-down", with questions sure to be asked of Gavin and Team GB's planning.

The southpaw had beaten every major competitor in his Olympic class after becoming the first Briton to win an amateur world title in Chicago last year.

But with one of Britain's brightest boxing medal hopes now suddenly not able to compete in Beijing, Gavin's preparations and the team's decision to enter him in that category will be scrutinised.

Making the weight is just not an issue - you make the weight said Woodhall.

"Regrettably it is clear that Frankie will not make his weight before tomorrow morning's weigh-in," admitted head coach Terry Edwards on Thursday.

"Frankie has been working his whole boxing career towards the Olympic Games and he is obviously completely devastated.

"My advice to him has been to take stock over the next couple of weeks and I will talk to him about his future as soon as I get home."

Woodhall, who won light-middleweight (71kg) bronze at Seoul 1988, told BBC Sport he could not accept a boxer failing to make the weight for an Olympic event.

"There's that many people - nutritionists, physiotherapists - involved these days that are paid good money," said Woodhall.

"It's been a total let-down by everyone. Making the weight is just not an issue - you make the weight."

Gavin, from Birmingham, was supremely confident ahead of Beijing, telling BBC Sport: "I should win [at] the Olympics."

But BBC boxing commentator Mike Costello said he had struggled to make the weight all year.

"For the first time in his life he has been training like a professional not an amateur, and he has been getting bigger as a result and fighting a running battle with his weight."

Costello said Gavin was not able to step up to the heavier class because fellow British boxing team-mate Bradley Saunders had already qualified in the light-welterweight.

"At the Olympics, the boxers have to make the weight every day they box," said Costello.

"Even if he had made the first weigh-in he might have struggled afterwards. Dehydration might have become a real problem."

Tommy Chaney, Gavin's amateur coach at the Hall Green boxing club in Birmingham, said Gavin's predicament should not be allowed to affect the rest of the British team.

"Frankie feels like his world has fallen in," said Chaney.

"It's important now that the attention is shifted to the remaining seven boxers who all have a fantastic chance to medal.

"That's what Frankie wants and he'll be watching avidly on the television despite how upset he is right now."

Gavin must now decide if he is to remain an amateur until the London Olympics in 2012, or turn professional - as he was already expected to do following Beijing.

Team GB chief Simon Clegg, confirming Gavin's departure from the squad, said: "It is always regretful when an athlete who has qualified for the Olympic Games is unable to compete.

"The BOA's focus is now to support its remaining 312 Team GB athletes who begin competing this Saturday."
 

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Fire of the Dragon
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i agree with woodhall, he's let a ot of people down, and its worse because hes a medal prospect!

and i had a bet on the bast*rd to reach the final aswell!! :mad:
 

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Like I've said before, Gavin is like a lighter Klitschko and unless he has that type of 1 punch power he will not go far in the pro ranks. I don't like his dedication either Gary Russell passed out while failing to make weight, he gave up the night before sounds like he doesnt have much heart.
 

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Like I've said before, Gavin is like a lighter Klitschko and unless he has that type of 1 punch power he will not go far in the pro ranks. I don't like his dedication either Gary Russell passed out while failing to make weight, he gave up the night before sounds like he doesnt have much heart.
He wasn't given a chance. He was forced to pull out. Foul play is suspected too.
 

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He wasn't given a chance. He was forced to pull out. Foul play is suspected too.
Sabotage Callum? Brits (no offense) like to cry foul with little base to claims. You need to bring evidence of foul play for your conspiracy theories. What, you think the Chinese gave him the regular dressing for his salad instead of the fat free? Or was it Frank Warren not wanting him to win a medal so he doesnt have to pay more to sign him, so they secretly cut back on his running?
 

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Sabotage Callum? Brits (no offense) like to cry foul with little base to claims. You need to bring evidence of foul play for your conspiracy theories. What, you think the Chinese gave him the regular dressing for his salad instead of the fat free? Or was it Frank Warren not wanting him to win a medal so he doesnt have to pay more to sign him, so they secretly cut back on his running?
the chinese officials were so sure that there was no way of cheating such a good fighter out of a match, as they have with other main contenders, they bribed him to go home to let a chinese hick win the gold by beating all the other bums





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