‘It makes me feel like a failure.’ Ben Whittaker, a boxer, has been devastated by silver. ‘I don’t want to feel like this.’
Ben Whittaker of Team GB was heartbroken and in tears after he claimed silver in the men’s boxing event for his country, insisting that “you don’t win silver, you lose gold.”
Devastated Ben was extremely upset with his performance and could scarcely contain himself. Despite a courageous attempt against Cuban Arlen Lopez, the 24-year-old slammed his Olympic final match, which was determined by a split decision. As he was consoled ringside by coaches and supporters, Mr Whittaker said it would take him “years” to get over the loss.
“You don’t win silver, you lose gold,” Ben Whittaker stated.
“I’m quite disappointed in myself because I didn’t do well.
“Of course, he’s a world-class athlete and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, but I’m disappointed.”
He said, “I feel like a failure,” in a deeply sad moment.
“You’re not in this game to win silver; you’re in it to win gold… This sensation will stay with me for the rest of my life, and I don’t want to experience it again.”
The fighter was then questioned if his sadness may change “on reflection.”
“Truthfully no, possibly in a couple of years when I look back with my kids,” the silver medalist said.
“I’m going to try to shove this to the back of my mind because I didn’t accomplish what I set out to do.”
“I just want to express my gratitude to God for placing me in this situation.
“I want to express my gratitude to everyone in the United Kingdom who has supported me.”
“And I apologize for waking you up and witnessing me let you down,” he continued.
“You haven’t let anyone down, Ben,” the BBC interviewer emphasized, “you have given so many people so many highs watching on back home.”
Mr Whittaker then turned to the camera and stated, “I just want to express to everyone that I don’t want to look like a baby or a spoiled brat.”
“I’m just disappointed I didn’t win gold.
“I feel like I’ve lost the gold, that’s all I’m saying.
“I’m not ready to celebrate a silver yet.”