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Boxing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Workers' Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 24, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: MGL Enkhbatyn Badar-Uugan
Silver: CUB Yankiel León
Bronze: MRI Bruno Julie
MDA Vaeceslav Gojan

Summary

The best known amateur bantamweight of the 21st century was Cuba's Guillermo Rigondeaux, the 2001 and 2005 World Champion. But Cuba had been hit with a series of defections in the past few years and Rigondeaux unsuccessfully attempted to do so at the 2007 Pan American Games and he was removed from the national team. In his absence the 2007 Worlds were won by Russian Sergey Vodopyanov. But he lasted only one match in Beijing, losing in round two to the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion Akhil Kumar of India in a tie-breaking decision. With Vodopyanov out, the 2007 World silver medalist Enkhbatyn Badar-Uugan of Mongolia was favored. He made it to the final with a close semi-final win over Mauritian Bruno Julie, who became the first Olympic medalist from that small African island nation.

The final was not close, with Badar-Uugan pounding Cuba's new representative in this class, Yankiel León, winning a 16-5 decision. Prior to 2008 Mongolia had the unusual distinction as the nation with the most Olympic medals (15), but no gold medals. This streak had been stopped earlier in the Beijing Olympics by judoka Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar, but Badar-Uugan added Mongolia's second Olympic gold medal and first in boxing. Two Mongolians had won Olympic boxing medals previously, Nergüin Enkhbat in 1988 and Namjilyn Bayarsaikhan in 1992, both in the lightweight division, and earlier on the same day in 2008, Pürevdorjin Serdamba had won silver as a light-flyweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Enkhbatyn Badar-Uugan 23 Mongolia MGL Gold
2 Yankiel León 26 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Bruno Julie 30 Mauritius MRI Bronze
3T Vaeceslav Gojan 25 Moldova MDA Bronze
5T Worapoj Petchkoom 27 Thailand THA
5T Héctor Manzanilla 23 Venezuela VEN
5T Akhil Kumar 27 India IND
5T Khumiso Ikgopoleng 28 Botswana BOT
9T Vittorio Parrinello 24 Italy ITA
9T Kanat Abutalipov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
9T Han Sun-Cheol 23 South Korea KOR
9T Khurshid Todzhiboyev 18 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Gu Yu 25 China CHN
9T Sergey Vodopyanov 20 Russia RUS
9T Hicham Mesbahi 27 Morocco MAR
9T John Joe Nevin 19 Ireland IRL
17T Issah Samir 19 Ghana GHA
17T Emanuel Nketu 28 Lesotho LES
17T Rustam Rahimov 33 Germany GER
17T Joe Murray 21 Great Britain GBR
17T Khavazhi Khatsigov 31 Belarus BLR
17T McJoe Arroyo 22 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Ali Hallab 27 France FRA
17T Luke Boyd 21 Australia AUS
17T Jonathan Romero 21 Colombia COL
17T Abdelhalim Ourradi 27 Algeria ALG
17T Óscar Valdez 17 Mexico MEX