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Boxing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall, Peristeri
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 28, 2004
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: RUS Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov
Silver: KAZ Gennady Golovkin
Bronze: USA Andre Dirrell
THA Suriya Prasathinphimai

Summary

The traditional superpowers of boxing, Cuba, Russia and the USA, all had strong contenders for the Olympic title in Athens but the clear favourite was the man who had spearheaded Kazakhstan’s emergence as one of the powerhouses of the sport – world champion Gennady Golovkin.

Golovkin had a remarkable record in the amateur ranks and at the start of the Athens games had only lost 3 of his 300+ fights. After an untroubled run to the semi-finals he saw off the challenge of the fancied American Andre Dirrell to set up a meeting with Sydney Olympic finalist Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov of Russia for the gold medal.

Gaydarebekov had recently won the European Championships at the middleweight limit but it was still a surprise when he recovered from a four-point deficit at the end of the 1st round to dominate the last half of the fight and become the 1st Russian to win gold in the this division since [Vyacheslav Lemeshev] won for the Soviet Union in 1972. This was the high point of Gaydarebekov’s career and he drifted into retirement shortly after the Games ended.

Golovkin suffered a shock defeat at the 2005 World Championships and afterwards decided to embark on a career as a professional. By 2013 he was established as one of the stars of the sport and has held the WBA world title since 2010.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov 27 Russia RUS Gold
2 Gennady Golovkin 22 Kazakhstan KAZ Silver
3T Andre Dirrell 21 United States USA Bronze
3T Suriya Prasathinphimai 24 Thailand THA Bronze
5T Ramadan Yasser 24 Egypt EGY
5T Yordani Despaigne 24 Cuba CUB
5T Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam 20 Cameroon CMR
5T Oleh Mashkin 25 Ukraine UKR
9T Ahmed Ali Khan 23 Pakistan PAK
9T Marian Simion 28 Romania ROU
9T Nabil Kassel 20 Algeria ALG
9T Károly Balzsay 25 Hungary HUN
9T Sherzod Abdurahmonov 22 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Andy Lee 20 Ireland IRL
9T Cavid Tağıyev 22 Azerbaijan AZE
9T Lukas Wilaschek 23 Germany GER
17T Glaucélio Abreu 26 Brazil BRA
17T Ha Dabateer 27 China CHN
17T Jean Pascal 21 Canada CAN
17T Mohammed Sahraoui 26 Tunisia TUN
17T Christopher Camat 24 Philippines PHI
17T Sedat Üstüner 21 Turkey TUR
17T Alfredo Angulo 21 Mexico MEX
17T Juan José Ubaldo 25 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Georgios Gazis 23 Greece GRE
17T Joseph Lubega 22 Uganda UGA
17T Jamie Pittman 23 Australia AUS
17T Khotso Godfrey Motau 22 South Africa RSA