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Boxing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall, Peristeri
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 29, 2004
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: KAZ Bakhtiyar Artayev
Silver: CUB Lorenzo Aragon
Bronze: RUS Oleg Saitov
KOR Kim Jeong-Ju

Summary

Oleg Saitov, having already been champion at both Atlanta and Sydney, aimed to join the elite band of three-time Olympic boxing champions with victory in Athens. After a relatively lean period following the 2000 Games he had re-established his reputation by claiming his second European title earlier in 2004. However Saitov was not the favourite for the title – that honour went to [Lorenzo Aragon], the Cuban who had won both World Championships since the last Olympics.

The anticipated face-off between Saitov and Aragon never materialized as the Russian’s run of wins was snapped in his 13th Olympic bout. Saitov’s unlikely conqueror was the unheralded 21 year old Kazakh Bakhtiyar Artayev who had only qualified for Athens after winning the last chance Asian qualifying tournament. Artayev’s task appeared even more insurmountable against Aragon in the final but the underdog rallied after losing the first round and gradually took control of the fight. By the end of the four rounds the Kazakh held a ten point lead and had broken the winning streak of the Cuban which went back 18 months. Artayev’s outstanding performances in the semi-final and final earned him the Val Barker Trophy for the most stylish boxer of the competition. Although he boxed for another eight years at the top international level and won medals at World and Asian championships he never again quite reached the same level of performance at he showed in 2004 and was eliminated at the quarter-final stage in Beijing.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bakhtiyar Artayev 21 Kazakhstan KAZ Gold
2 Lorenzo Aragon 30 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Kim Jeong-Ju 22 South Korea KOR Bronze
3T Oleg Saitov 30 Russia RUS Bronze
5T Juan Camilo Novoa 22 Colombia COL
5T Ruslan Xeyirov 28 Azerbaijan AZE
5T Sherzod Khusanov 24 Uzbekistan UZB
5T Viktor Poliakov 22 Ukraine UKR
9T Vilmos Balog 29 Hungary HUN
9T Vitalie Gruşac 26 Moldova MDA
9T Vanes Martirosyan 18 United States USA
9T Hanati Silamu 19 China CHN
9T Bülent Ulusoy 26 Turkey TUR
9T Mohamed Hikal 25 Egypt EGY
9T Xavier Noel 28 France FRA
9T Aliasker Bashirov 25 Turkmenistan TKM
17T Benamar Meskine 31 Algeria ALG
17T Theodoros Kotakos 28 Greece GRE
17T Adam Trupish 25 Canada CAN
17T Sadat Tebazaalwa 18 Uganda UGA
17T Ellis Chibuye 24 Zambia ZAM
17T Jean Carlos Prada 20 Venezuela VEN
17T Basharmal Sultani 19 Afghanistan AFG
17T Miloud Ait Hammi 26 Morocco MAR
17T Ged O'Mahony 25 Australia AUS
17T André Berto 20 Haiti HAI
17T Rolandas Jasevičius 22 Lithuania LTU