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Boxing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Light-Flyweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall, Peristeri
Date Started: August 18, 2004
Date Finished: August 29, 2004
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Yan Barthelemí
Silver: TUR Atagün Yalçınkaya
Bronze: RUS Sergey Kazakov
CHN Zou Shiming

Summary

Cuba’s Yan Barthelemí had more difficulty making the Cuban team that he did in converting selection to Olympic glory. The 2001 world champion lost the final of the national championship to Yorman Rodriguez early in 2004 and only made the Games after taking revenge on Rodriguez in a later bout. Barthelemí’s successor as world champion, Sergey Kazakov, was the favourite for the title with Zou Shiming of China taking the role of his closest rival for gold.

In the event both were eliminated at the semi-final phase. Zou was ahead at the half way mark against Barthelemí but the Cuban rallied to post a clear points victory whilst Zakarov was the victim of a huge upset produced by the teenaged Turk Atagün Yalçınkaya. Barthelemí made another sluggish start in the final but once he found his range he was relatively untroubled in his march to the gold medal. For the 17-year-old Yalçınkaya there was the satisfaction of being his country’s youngest Olympic medallist.

This was the 1st boxing event to be concluded in Athens and it set the template for Cuban success in the rest of the tournament. Also notable was the performance of Zou who became the 1st Chinese boxer to win an Olympic medal. This was a harbinger of what was to come in Beijing and London.

In late 2006 Barthelemí 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, through 2013, met only with moderate success.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yan Barthelemí 24 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Atagün Yalçınkaya 17 Turkey TUR Silver
3T Sergey Kazakov 28 Russia RUS Bronze
3T Zou Shiming 23 China CHN Bronze
5T Joseph Jermia 22 Namibia NAM
5T Alfonso Pinto 25 Italy ITA
5T Aleksan Nalbandyan 33 Armenia ARM
5T Hom Mu-Won 22 South Korea KOR
9T Peter Wakefield 26 Australia AUS
9T Raúl Castañeda 21 Mexico MEX
9T Carlos José Tamara 21 Colombia COL
9T Ceyhun Abiyev 29 Azerbaijan AZE
9T Endalkachew Kebede 23 Ethiopia ETH
9T Najah Ali 24 Iraq IRQ
9T Harry Tañamor 26 Philippines PHI
9T Suban Pannon 26 Thailand THA
17T Patricio Calero 27 Ecuador ECU
17T Redouane Bouchtouk 27 Morocco MAR
17T Effiong Okon 19 Nigeria NGR
17T Jolly Katongole 18 Uganda UGA
17T Pál Bedák 18 Hungary HUN
17T Rau'Shee Warren 17 United States USA
17T Toshiyuki Igarashi 20 Japan JPN
17T Kwak Hyok-Ju 20 North Korea PRK
17T Rédouane Asloum 23 France FRA
17T Lalaina Rabenarivo 26 Madagascar MAD
17T Sherali Dostyev 19 Tajikistan TJK
17T Miguel Ángel Miranda 20 Venezuela VEN
17T Salim Salimov 22 Bulgaria BUL