26 Aug 2010

Teenage boxer claims silver at Youth Olympics

6:50 am on 26 August 2010

Teenage boxing star Joseph Parker brought the curtain down on New Zealand's campaign at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games with a silver medal in the super heavyweight class in Singapore overnight.

The 18 year old from Manukau was out-pointed by tall counter-punching Frenchman Tony Yoka in the gold medal match, with the young kiwi unable to catch up with his opponent after falling behind narrowly in the count.

Just down the hallway at the International Convention Centre, Kaikoura judoka Hayley Baxter also claimed a silver medal, part of a Belgrade team that was beaten in the final of the teams competition.

She joined fighters from Russia, Turkmenistan, Germany and Malta in a United Nations team that drew their first match and won their second to earn a place in the final where they lost to Essen 6-1.

New Zealand finished the games with seven medals including one gold, five silvers and one bronze.