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Boxing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 21, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Félix Savón
Silver: RUS Sultan-Akhmed Ibragimov
Bronze: GEO Vladimir Ch'ant'uria
GER Sebastian Köber

Summary

Félix Savón came to Sydney as the heaviest favorite in any boxing class. He had won the gold medal in this class in 1992 and 1996, and was World Champion in 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1997, only failing to win in 1999, when Cuban officials withdrew the entire team, in protest of controversial judging, after Savón had made the final. The 1999 title went to American Michael Bennett, who was the United States' 2000 representative in this class. Savón's 1997 World title was somewhat questionable as he lost in the final to Uzbeki Ruslan Chagayev, but Chagayev was disqualified when it was revealed that he fought some professional bouts in the United States. In an odd ruling in 1998 he was reinstated to the amateur ranks when the fights were declared exhibitions, and he was in Sydney.

But it mattered little. Chagayev lost in the quarter-finals, and Savón was unstoppable. He pummeled Bennett in the quarter-finals before the ref stopped the fight near the end of the third round. Savón then won two easy decisions to win his third consecutive gold medal, joining Hungary's László Papp and his countryman, Teófilo Stevenson as the only Olympic boxers (through 2008) with three gold medals. After the victory ceremony, Savón announced his retirement.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Félix Savón 32 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Sultan-Akhmed Ibragimov 25 Russia RUS Silver
3T Sebastian Köber 21 Germany GER Bronze
3T Vladimir Ch'ant'uria 22 Georgia GEO Bronze
5 Michael Bennett 29 United States USA
6 Jackson Chanet 22 France FRA
7 Mark Simmons 26 Canada CAN
8 Ruslan Chagayev 21 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Oleksandr Yatsenko 21 Ukraine UKR
9T Amrou Moustafa 28 Egypt EGY
9T Magomed Aripgadzhiyev 22 Azerbaijan AZE
9T Mohamed Azzaoui 24 Algeria ALG
9T Pauga Lalau 24 Samoa SAM
9T Rasmus Ojemaye 31 Nigeria NGR
9T Rohollah Husseini 21 Iran IRI
9T Wojciech Bartnik 32 Poland POL