Rio 2016: Joyce forced to settle for boxing silver, taking Team GB's final tally to 67 medals

Joe Joyce was defeated by France's Tony Yoka in the final of the men's super-heavyweight boxing at Rio 2016

Rio 2016: Joyce forced to settle for boxing silver, taking Team GB's final tally to 67 medals
Joe Joyce after his final bout in Rio (image via: Alex Livesey/Getty)

Joe Joyce was defeated in the final of the men's super-heavyweight boxing at the Rio Olympics, taking Team GB's final medal tally to 67.

In the penultimate final of the Rio games, Joyce suffered defeat to France's Tony Yoka, to leave British boxers with three medals, one of each colour. 

The final medal table saw Team GB finish ahead of China for the first time since they joined the Olympics in 1972, while they also broke history, by becoming the first nation to beat their previous medal haul following a home Games. 

Judges prefer work of the Frenchman as Joyce forced to settle for silver

At the Ricocentro, hopes were high that Joyce could become the second British boxer to take home gold this week following Nicola Adams' impressive defence of her Olympic title on Saturday. 

Joyce's opponent was the current World Champion, yet the Frenchman was carrying an ankle injury and it showed early on in the fight as he struggled to find his way around the ring.

The Brit was making all the early running and came forward at every opportunity, pushing Yoka back and working behind a strong jab. Yoka's tactics of picking-off a lunging Joyce seemed to be successful though, and he landed with a number of punches, with two of the three judges agreeing, by awarding him the first round. 

Joe Joyce in action during his final bout (image via: Alex Livesey/Getty)

Buoyed by a solid, if unsuccessful first round, Joyce came charging straight from the bell to sound the start of round two, forcing his opponent back, an actually forcing him to stumble on two occassions.

Throwing clubbing left's and swinging right's, Joyce looked to be the more attacking boxer throughout, but all three judges prefered the work of Yoka who threw many less punches, but was probably cleaner with his work.

Heading into the final round needing a minor miracle, Joyce continued to be aggressive, looking for the knockout punch, but it didn't come, and after some showboating from the Frenchman the final bell rang and the result was inevitable.

As the referee raised Yoka's left-arm, Joyce was forced to come to the realisation that he had suffered defeat and would have to make do with a silver medal. He looked visibly miffed with the decision, as did the British coaches, yet Joyce should still be pleased with how far he has come this week, really impressing in his three victories which saw him reach the gold-medal bout.  

Joyce's silver brings total haul to 67

Following on from the success of Beijing and London, Team GB's final tally of 67 was far-and-away more than many expected. 

From the continued dominance in the velodrome, to the improved performances in the pool and on the track, there are a number of success stories surrounding the British team. 

Each of the sports minus Modern Pentathlon and Rowing reached the medal targets set out by UK Sport prior to Rio, with the likes of Taekwondo (3) and Canoeing (4) exceeding expectations. 

The preparations for Tokyo 2020 are already well underway, and after months of bad news in the UK, these two weeks of sporting action have helped to galvanise a disillusioned public.