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Boxing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Workers' Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: THA Somjit Jongjohor
Silver: CUB Andry Laffita
Bronze: RUS Georgiy Balakshin
ITA Vincenzo Picardi

Summary

The 2007 World Champion was the United States' Rau'Shee Warren, who had also won bronze at the 2005 Worlds, which were won by Korea's Lee Ok-Seong. But boxing is one of the few Olympic sports which has an open draw with no seeding, and the two world champions were drawn against each other in the first round, Lee surviving a close battle by decision, 9-8. But he went out in the second round against Tunisia's Walid Cherif, the 2003 All-Africa Games champion. This left the draw open with Thailand's 2007 world runner-up and 2003 World Champion Somjit Jongjohor the best known fighter remaining. Jongjohor advanced to the final with easy victories by decision, and faced Cuba's Andry Laffita. Laffita had won several silver medals in international competition, at the 2005 World Championships, where he beat Jongjohor in round one, 16-14, and in the 2005 and 2008 World Cup. He added to that list in Beijing, losing the final to Jongjohor by decision, 8-2.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Somjit Jongjohor 33 Thailand THA Gold
2 Andry Laffita 30 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Georgiy Balakshin 28 Russia RUS Bronze
3T Vincenzo Picardi 24 Italy ITA Bronze
5T McWilliams Arroyo 22 Puerto Rico PUR
5T Jitender Kumar 20 India IND
5T Walid Cherif 30 Tunisia TUN
5T Anvar Yunusov 21 Tajikistan TJK
9T Norbert Kalucza 21 Hungary HUN
9T Khalid Yafai 19 Great Britain GBR
9T Mirat Sarsembayev 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
9T Tolyashboy Doniyorov 27 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Juan Carlos Payano 23 Dominican Republic DOM
9T Lee Ok-Seong 27 South Korea KOR
9T Samir Məmmədov 20 Azerbaijan AZE
9T Robenilson de Jesus 20 Brazil BRA
17T Rafał Kaczor 26 Poland POL
17T Bernard Irungu 32 Kenya KEN
17T Furkan Ulaş Memiş 17 Turkey TUR
17T Jérôme Thomas 29 France FRA
17T Cassius Chiyanika 24 Zambia ZAM
17T Stephen Sutherland 17 Australia AUS
17T Rau'Shee Warren 21 United States USA
17T Abdelillah Nhaila 26 Morocco MAR
17T Eddie Valenzuela 25 Guatemala GUA
17T Anuruddha Ratnayake 32 Sri Lanka SRI
17T Jackson Chauke 23 South Africa RSA