Mandurah boxer Alex Winwood loses to Zambia's Patrick Chinyemba in opening bout at Tokyo Olympics

'Shake-a-leg': Boxer goes viral but misses out on Olympic medal

Western Australian boxer Alex Winwood has missed out on gold but he'll go down in history for his 'shake a leg' which stole the show at the opening ceremony of the Olympic games.

The flyweight went viral on Friday night when he was seen doing an Indigenous dance as he entered the empty Tokyo Stadium.

The Noongar man then showed true fighting spirit in his first boxing bout on Monday evening but suffered a split-decision loss to Zambia's Patrick Chinyemba.

Alex Winwood takes on Patrick Chinyemba (ZAM) in the Men's Fly preliminaries. Photo: @AUSOlympicTeam/Twitter

Alex Winwood takes on Patrick Chinyemba (ZAM) in the Men's Fly preliminaries. Photo: @AUSOlympicTeam/Twitter

Judge Karn Naklam gave the victory to Winwood after three tight rounds at the Kokugikan Arena but the remaining four judges deemed Chinyemba the winner, based on fancy footwork and a range that Winwood couldn't keep up with.

Chinyemba was adjudicated a 29-28 winner on three scorecards securing himself a spot in round 16.


It means Winwood's chances for Olympic stardom in Tokyo are over.

Winwood, who trains with Brian Sartori at Eureka Boxing Club in Mandurah, narrowly missed out on qualification for Rio 2016 as a teenager.

He has taken to social media over the past week, showing glimpses of Olympic village and showing himself unpacking his 'cardboard' bed.

Winwood told the Mail earlier this month that he would be representing the people of Australia and his Ngoongar people.

"I want to bring everyone together, my country and my people at the same time," Winwood said.

"I love that they're bringing athletes together, especially Indigenous athletes, so we can spread our heritage and our stories through the Olympics."