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Boxing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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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 16, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: RUS Oleg Saitov
Silver: UKR Serhiy Dotsenko
Bronze: MDA Vitalie Gruşac
ROU Dorel Simion

Summary

The two dominant fighters in this class in the 1990s had been Cuba's Juan Hernández and Russia's Oleg Saitov, the defending gold medalist. Hernández was in Sydney but had moved up to the light-middleweight division, leaving this class open for Saitov, who was 1997 World Champion and 1998 European Champion. After a bye in round one, he had an easy bout and then faced Azerbaijan's Ruslan Xeyirov in the quarter-finals. The bout was tied on effective punches, 10-10, but Saitov won the tiebreaker, 55-47. He won his next two bouts by comfortable decisions to repeat as gold medalist. He would return in 2004 and win a third Olympic medal, a bronze. Saitov won the 2004 European title and then retired, never turning professional. Hernández lost in the quarter-finals in Sydney in the light-middleweights.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Oleg Saitov 26 Russia RUS Gold
2 Serhiy Dotsenko 21 Ukraine UKR Silver
3T Dorel Simion 23 Romania ROU Bronze
3T Vitalie Gruşac 23 Moldova MDA Bronze
5 Ruslan Xeyirov 24 Azerbaijan AZE
6 Daniyar Munaytbasov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 Steven Küchler 24 Germany GER
8 Bülent Ulusoy 22 Turkey TUR
9T Dante Craig 22 United States USA
9T Francisco Calderón 29 Colombia COL
9T Kamel Chater 28 Tunisia TUN
9T Leonard Bundu 25 Italy ITA
9T Parkpoom Jangphonak 24 Thailand THA
9T Roberto Guerra 20 Cuba CUB
9T Sherzod Khusanov 20 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Yovanny Lorenzo 19 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Babak Moghimi 22 Iran IRI
17T Bae Jin-Seok 21 South Korea KOR
17T Daniel Geale 19 Australia AUS
17T Ellis Chibuye 20 Zambia ZAM
17T Fadel Showban 22 Egypt EGY
17T Mosolesa Tsie 20 Lesotho LES
17T Geard Ajetović 19 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
17T Guillermo Saputo 23 Argentina ARG
17T Ali Nuumbembe 26 Namibia NAM
17T Rubén Fuchú 22 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Ullah Usman 25 Pakistan PAK