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Former Land Rover Employee in Bout for Olympic Gold

  • Greg Fitzgerald
  • Aug 4, 2021
Galal Yafai, team GB boxing star and former Land Rover employee

Galal Yafai will compete in the Olympic boxing gold medal match on Saturday morning in Tokyo, capping a thrilling rise from trash sweeper at the Solihull Land Rover factory to Team GB glory.

In 2015, Yafai was working as a helper at the factory. He had simple roles: cleaning up, moving boxes and parts around, taking out trash. The entire time, he was dreaming of Olympic glory in boxing, a sport in which his family had a successful history.

His brother Kal had gone to Beijing 2008 with Team GB, then held the World Boxing Association super-flyweight belt from 2016-2020. His other brother Gamal won Bronze at the 2010 European Championships. Galal represented Britain at Rio 2016, making it to the Round of 16, and he’s medalled with bronze at the 2017 European Championships and gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

He’s now in position to win Britain’s first flyweight gold medal in 65 years, competing in the final Saturday against The Philippines’ Carlo Palaam. The contest could go either way – the Filipino team is having an excellent boxing Olympics – but Yafai has an excellent chance, and is guaranteed at least a silver medal.

So, if you have a 2015 Land Rover built in Solihull, there’s a chance that a future Olympic medalist had a hand in building it.

Galal Yafai boxing

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  • Greg Fitzgerald
  • Adventure addict. '90s Land Rover daily driver. Historic preservationist. Personal vehicles: 1994 Discovery I, 1994 Range Rover Classic, 1961 Series II 109", 2005 LR3.
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