Greg Bridet’s latest Great Britain call-up ended in narrow defeat at the Tammer Tournament.
Heart of Portsmouth’s Olympic hopeful went down to a close points loss against Brazil’s hugely-experienced Juan Nogueiras in Finland.
The 24-year-old was given the draw none of the 10 other 91kg entries wanted against his decorated opponent.
But Bridet wasn’t overawed by the challenge and put in a performance which drew plaudits from the GB coaching staff.
His coach, Q Shillingford, believes it’s another step along a steep learning curve for the former News sportsman of the year.
Shillingford said: ‘We knew it was a tough one for Greg.
‘The opponent had been to big qualifying events and the World Championships before.
‘But it’s experience and he’s not getting outboxed on that stage.
‘Greg has not got the decision but he’s given another good account of himself.
‘It’s another step along the path towards Rio.’
Bridet’s recent elevation to GB level is now set to continue, after he was told he will form part of a squad travelling to Macedonia for more competition.
Shillingford said: ‘He’s now been selected to go to Macedonia, where he will face more top opposition.
‘It’s a tough learning curve for him but it’s what is needed.
‘He needs to be facing these boys now so he knows the level he needs to perform at.
‘Greg has to know what it takes to get to that number one spot for the Olympic games.’