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Boxing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall, Peristeri
Date Started: August 17, 2004
Date Finished: August 28, 2004
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Yuriorkis Gamboa
Silver: FRA Jérôme Thomas
Bronze: GER Rustam Rahimov
AZE Fuad Aslanov

Summary

Yuriorkis Gamboa could hardly have had a more difficult pathway to the Olympic final. In successive fights he beat 2003 World champion Somjit Jongjohor, European champion Georgiy Balakshin and Rustam Rahimov, another world championship medallist, to reach the gold medal bout against Frenchman Jérôme Thomas. In contrast 2001 World champion Thomas had reached the final without testing himself against any of the big names in the division.

Gamboa’s major assets were speed of both hands and feet and he used them to strong effect as he comfortably outpointed his French opponent to claim the gold medal. The Cuban dominated the second of the four rounds to build up a lead that Thomas never looked like closing. This meant Cuba began the second session of finals, as it had the first session, with a gold medal.

In late 2006 Gamboa and two of his team mates defected during a tournament in Venezuela. He based himself in the USA and began a career as a professional which, though 2013, has seen him remain unbeaten and win a world title in the featherweight division.

Thomas’s Olympic medal wins in 2000 and 2004 were achieved despite him suffering from a condition called “Poland Syndrome”, a birth defect in which, among other deformities, his chest muscle is missing from one side of the body. In his case his left arm and hand are smaller than his right.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yuriorkis Gamboa 22 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Jérôme Thomas 25 France FRA Silver
3T Rustam Rahimov 29 Germany GER Bronze
3T Fuad Aslanov 21 Azerbaijan AZE Bronze
5T Paulus Ambunda 24 Namibia NAM
5T Georgiy Balakshin 24 Russia RUS
5T Andrzej Rżany 31 Poland POL
5T Tolyashboy Doniyorov 23 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Oscar Escandón 20 Colombia COL
9T Jonny Mendoza 21 Venezuela VEN
9T Somjit Jongjohor 29 Thailand THA
9T Mirzhan Rakhimzhanov 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
9T Hicham Mesbahi 23 Morocco MAR
9T Nik'oloz Izoria 18 Georgia GEO
9T Juan Carlos Payano 19 Dominican Republic DOM
9T Ron Siler 24 United States USA
17T Kim Gi-Seok 23 South Korea KOR
17T Igor Samoilenco 27 Moldova MDA
17T Joseph Serrano 20 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Mebarek Soltani 22 Algeria ALG
17T Bonyx Yusak Saweho 21 Indonesia INA
17T Lechedzani Luza 25 Botswana BOT
17T Walid Cherif 26 Tunisia TUN
17T Akhil Kumar 23 India IND
17T Bato-Munko Vankeyev 27 Belarus BLR
17T Bradley Hore 22 Australia AUS
17T Violito Payla 25 Philippines PHI