Great Britain finished with three silver medals and one bronze at the World Amateur Championships after an agonising final day which saw Hull’s Luke Campbell, Andrew Selby and Anthony Joshua all narrowly denied gold in Baku.
European champion Selby lost 13-12 to world No 1 Misha Aloyan of Russia at flyweight, while Campbell was then edged out 14-10 by Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez in the bantamweight final.
In the final bout of the tournament, Londoner Joshua was defeated 22-21 by Azerbaijan’s Magonedrasul Medzhidov in an explosive super-heavyweight contest in front of a passionate home crowd.
Campbell turned his attention to London glory after picking up silvers in Azerbaijan.
Campbell, 24, said: “If you had said to me beforehand that I’d get the silver and qualify for the Olympics I’d probably have taken it. However, I am disappointed not to have won the gold, because I thought I had the better of the bout.
“I have had a great tournament and secured a place at London and with the backing of the home crowd I am sure I can go one better in 2012.”