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Friends and family welcomed one of the newest Olympic qualifiers back to Cleveland on Monday.

Fresh off a weekend that produced a trip to Rio and a gold medal, 18-year-old Charles Conwell entered the terminal at Cleveland Hopkins Airport to a large group of supporters ready to congratulate him on quite a performance in Argentina.

The middleweight boxer from Cleveland Heights defeated Colombia’s Jorge Luis Vivas Palacios on Friday to earn a spot on Team USA in the Rio Games, then beat Misael Uziel Rodriguez Olivas in the 75 kg middleweight finals to bring home a gold medal.

“From the beginning of the tournament, I knew I was going to go home with the gold,” Conwell told reporters at the airport Monday. “I had a strategy and a game plan when it came to it, and I followed it and accomplished what I went there to accomplish.”

READ MORE: Cleveland19.com

Article and Picture Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

Local Boxer Charles Conwell Heading to the Rio Olympics!!  was originally published on wzakcleveland.com