LONDON, England (AP) — With a low rumble and high-pitched screams, thousands of Anthony Joshua's hometown fans stood up nearly in unison before the final round of the final bout of the Olympics.
Joshua faced a three-point deficit to the defending Olympic super heavyweight champion, a daunting deficit in amateur boxing.
He had just three minutes to somehow finish these wildly successful British games on top of the podium.
And just like so many British athletes in these remarkable home Olympics, the north Londoner got it done.
Joshua roared back from that late deficit and won a tiebreaker victory over Italy's Roberto Cammarelle yesterday, grabbing Britain's third boxing gold medal at home. He managed to keep his eyes dry on the medal stand, but the imposing brawler from Finchley acknowledged he couldn't have hung on without hometown help.
"I felt the hearts of all these people around this nation," Joshua said. "That medal represents my journey, and the support from the team. It's much more than a gold medal. It's a life experience."
With the medal around his neck and a flag around three sets of broad shoulders, Joshua later posed for photos with Lennox Lewis and Audley Harrison, two icons of British boxing and previous winners of super heavyweight gold. Joshua's big finish in the tournament's glamour division allowed him to match the gold medals won by bantamweight Luke Campbell and women's flyweight Nicola Adams, part of Britain's five-medal haul from the London Olympics that included Freddie Evans' welterweight silver.