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Boxing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall, Peristeri
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 29, 2004
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Andre Ward
Silver: BLR Magomed Aripgadzhiyev
Bronze: UZB Utkirbek Khaydarov
EGY Ahmed Ismail

Summary

Still only 20-years-old, Andre Ward had a fearsome reputation in his native United States and was the proud possessor of a six year unbeaten run. Whilst this was undoubtedly impressive, critics pointed out that Ward’s appearance at the Pan-American Olympic qualifier was his first major international tournament and that he lacked the experience of his older rivals. The clear favourite for the Olympic title was Yevgeny Makarenko, a Russian who had won all the major championships between the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games and was himself on a long unbeaten run.

Ward and Makarenko met in the quarter-finals and, to the surprise of many, it was the American youngster to show impressive maturity to stick to a “hit and run” game plan that confused the more aggressive Russian fighter and carried him to a 23-16 victory. Ward then won a pair of hard fought victories over two other Eastern European opponents to become the United States’ only boxing champion of the 2004 Olympics. To the start of the 2016 Olympics he was the only American male Olympic boxing gold medallist of the 21st century. He soon followed the established tradition of American champions by turning professional and by 2013 had established himself as the premier super-middleweight in the world.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Andre Ward 20 United States USA Gold
2 Magomed Aripgadzhiyev 26 Belarus BLR Silver
3T Utkirbek Khaydarov 30 Uzbekistan UZB Bronze
3T Ahmed Ismail 28 Egypt EGY Bronze
5T Yevgeny Makarenko 28 Russia RUS
5T İhsan Yıldırım Tarhan 23 Turkey TUR
5T Ilias Pavlidis 26 Greece GRE
5T Lei Yuping 25 China CHN
9T Yoan Pablo Hernández 19 Cuba CUB
9T Clemente Russo 22 Italy ITA
9T Abdel Hani Kenzi 30 Algeria ALG
9T Beybut Shumenov 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
9T Trevor Stewardson 27 Canada CAN
9T Əli Shamil İsmayılov 30 Azerbaijan AZE
9T Andriy Fedchuk 24 Ukraine UKR
9T Edgar Ramón Muñoz 20 Venezuela VEN
17T Song Hak-Seong 25 South Korea KOR
17T Isaac Ekpo 21 Nigeria NGR
17T Soulan Pownceby 29 New Zealand NZL
17T Aleksy Kuziemski 27 Poland POL
17T Flavio Furtado 26 Cape Verde CPV
17T Shokhrat Kurbanov 33 Turkmenistan TKM
17T Taylor Mabika 29 Gabon GAB
17T Washington da Silva 28 Brazil BRA
17T Pierre Celestin Yana 26 Cameroon CMR
17T Jitender Kumar 26 India IND
17T Ramiro Reducindo 25 Mexico MEX
17T Marijo Šivolija-Jelica 23 Croatia CRO