Feature | Premium | Aug 23 2019

The Class of 2008

GB had a ground-breaking team at Beijing 2008. John Dennen caught up with them all a decade after their Olympic Games
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TIME varies its pace. Two minutes is an eternity, when that round dictates your future. And 10 years, before you know it, is suddenly gone. “It’s mad to think it was 10 years. It’s scary how quick them 10 years have gone,” says David Price, the Beijing 2008 super-heavyweight. Success in Olympic sport matters. The team’s funding depended on it. The medals won by Audley Harrison in 2000 and Amir Khan in 2004 were crucial steps along the way to ensuring the well-funded, successful GB boxing team the country has today. But Beijing 2008 was a breakthrough moment. Khan had been the only member of the boxing team at the previous Olympic Games. In contrast by 2008 Terry Edwards’ squad qualified eight boxers for the tournament in Beijing. Three of those athletes would win medals, lead by James DeGale who won middleweight gold on August 23 2008.

ALL THAT GLITTERS
DeGale looks back on the journey to the gold medal

“He got in the clinch, he put his head on my chest and he bit me. He bit me.”

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The GB team for the 2008 Olympics Action Images