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Boxing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 22, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Ariel Hernández
Silver: TUR Malik Beyleroğlu
Bronze: ALG Mohamed Bahari
USA Rhoshii Wells

Summary

After winning Olympic gold in Barcelona Ariel Hernández established himself as clearly the best fighter in the division and proved this by winning both the 1993 and 1995 World Championship titles. Hernández defended his title in Atlanta with ease and conceded an average of just over one punch per round throughout his five matches despite being drawn against a number of the weight category’s top contenders. The big surprise was the silver medal winner, Azerbaijan-born Malik Beyleroğlu who was now representing Turkey. Beyleroğlu was his adopted nation’s first Olympic finalist at the sport.

The lives of some of the competitions were marked by their diversity. Sven Ottke and Brian Magee made little impression in Atlanta but both went on to have long careers as professionals and both became world champions. Little more than a year after the Games Czech boxer Ľudovít Plachetka was sent to prison for the murder of his girlfriend’s mother and attempted murder of his girlfriend. He was released from prison seven years later but was later convicted of rape and incarcerated again. Bronze medallist Rhoshii Wells had a moderately successful pro career but his life was cut short in 2008 when, after what was believed to be an argument over a dice game, he was shot dead.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ariel Hernández 26 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Malik Beyleroğlu 26 Turkey TUR Silver
3T Mohamed Bahari 20 Algeria ALG Bronze
3T Rhoshii Wells 19 United States USA Bronze
5 Tomasz Borowski 26 Poland POL
6 Brian Magee 21 Ireland IRL
7 Dilshod Yarbekov 22 Uzbekistan UZB
8 Aleksandr Lebzyak 27 Russia RUS
9T Zsolt Erdei 22 Hungary HUN
9T Hirokuni Moto 26 Japan JPN
9T Akın Kuloğlu 24 Georgia GEO
9T Bertrand Tietsia 23 Cameroon CMR
9T José Ricardo Rodrigues 22 Brazil BRA
9T Ľudovít Plachetka 25 Czech Republic CZE
9T Sven Ottke 29 Germany GER
9T Justann Crawford 22 Australia AUS
17T Juan Pablo López 24 Mexico MEX
17T Mohamed Mesbahi 27 Morocco MAR
17T Chen Tao 23 China CHN
17T Ricardo Araneda 25 Chile CHI
17T Marcus Thomas 25 Barbados BAR
17T Randall Thompson 32 Canada CAN
17T Mun Im-Cheol 24 South Korea KOR
17T Bob Gasio 30 Samoa SAM
17T Korosh Malaie Saefid Dashti 21 Iran IRI
17T Brian Johansen 24 Denmark DEN
17T Dan Mathunjawa 26 Swaziland SWZ
17T Kbary Salim 28 Egypt EGY
17T Jean-Paul Mendy 22 France FRA
17T Rowan Donaldson 25 Jamaica JAM
17T Sackey Shivute 30 Namibia NAM