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Boxing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 20, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: RUS Oleg Saitov
Silver: CUB Juan Hernández Sierra
Bronze: PUR Daniel Santos
ROU Marian Simion

Summary

The Olympic Games were not kind to Juan Hernández Sierra. The Cuban was the premier welterweight of the 1990s, lost only one bout at the 5 World Championships held during the decade but was somehow always frustrated when he fought at the Olympics. In Barcelona he was the victim of a major upset when defeated by the unheralded Irishman Michael Carruth in the gold medal match.

Hernandez again reached the Olympic final in Atlanta where his opponent was to be Russia’s Oleg Saitov, a man he had comfortably beaten on his way to retaining his world title in 1995. Saitov’s masterstroke was to change tactics midway through the final and back away from Hernandez in an attempt to draw him forward and open up the Cuban to counter-punching. This gave the Russian a three-point lead after two rounds and although Hernandez mounted a frantic effort in the final round he could not make up the points deficit. The verdict was not universally popular inside the arena.

This was the first major title of Saitov’s career but by no means the last. He retained his Olympic title in 2000 and only narrowly failed to reach a 3rd Olympic final in 2004. In addition he won 2 World championships and a European Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Oleg Saitov 22 Russia RUS Gold
2 Juan Hernández Sierra 27 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Marian Simion 20 Romania ROU Bronze
3T Daniel Santos 20 Puerto Rico PUR Bronze
5 Hasan Al 24 Denmark DEN
6 Nurzhan Smanov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 Kamel Chater 24 Tunisia TUN
8 Nariman Atayev 25 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Serhiy Dzinziruk 20 Ukraine UKR
9T Fernando Vargas 18 United States USA
9T Vadim Mezga 21 Belarus BLR
9T Abdul Rashid Baloch 24 Pakistan PAK
9T Bae Ho-Jo 19 South Korea KOR
9T Vitalijus Karpačiauskas 30 Lithuania LTU
9T Nurbek Kasenov 20 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
9T Kabil Lahsen 24 Morocco MAR
17T Rogelio Martínez 22 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Parkpoom Jangphonak 20 Thailand THA
17T Tengiz Meskhadze 27 Georgia GEO
17T Hussein Bayram 20 France FRA
17T Lucas Sinoia 30 Mozambique MOZ
17T József Nagy 21 Hungary HUN
17T Lynden Hosking 23 Australia AUS
17T Jesús Flores 22 Mexico MEX
17T Cahit Süme 24 Turkey TUR
17T Guillermo Saputo 19 Argentina ARG
17T Hassan Mzonge 24 Tanzania TAN
17T Hercules Kyvelos 21 Canada CAN
17T Evans Ashira 26 Kenya KEN
17T Shane Heaps 25 Tonga TGA
17T Luis Hernández 23 Ecuador ECU
17T Ernest Atangana Mboa 25 Cameroon CMR