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Boxing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

Boxing at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: JPN Ryota Murata
Silver: BRA Esquiva Florentino
Bronze: UZB Abbos Atayev
GBR Anthony Ogogo

Summary

Yevhen Khytrov, the world champion and top seed in the division, was the victim of a huge shock in his first bout of the Games. His fight against British boxer Anthony Ogogo ended in a 14-14 tie and incredibly the two men could not be divided by the countback system which had them level at 52-52. It took the individual preference votes of the judges to decide that the Briton, despite having been given two standing counts, was the winner.

Ogogo’s winning run was snapped in the semi-final by Esquiva Florentino of Brazil who was one of two brothers who won medals at boxing in Beijing. The other semi-final was a close affair that was awarded to Ryota Murata of Japan over Abbos Atayev of Uzbekistan by a single point. One point was also the margin that decided the final and again it was the Japanese fighter who came out on top. An appeal on behalf on Florentino was denied by the AIBA.

Both champion Murata and bronze medallist Ogogo had been through difficult times prior to the Olympics. Murata’s former coach had committed suicide six months before the Games began whilst Ogogo’s preparations had to be put on hold when his mother lapsed into a coma following a brain aneurysm in June. Murata’s gold medal was the first by a Japanese fighter since 1964 and the first to be won outside Japan.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ryota Murata 26 Japan JPN Gold
2 Esquiva Florentino 22 Brazil BRA Silver
3T Anthony Ogogo 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze
3T Abbos Atayev 26 Uzbekistan UZB Bronze
5T Stefan Härtel 24 Germany GER
5T Zoltán Harcsa 19 Hungary HUN
5T Vijender Singh 26 India IND
5T Adem Kılıççı 26 Turkey TUR
9T Yevhen Khytrov 23 Ukraine UKR
9T Darren O'Neill 26 Ireland IRL
9T Mujandjae Kasuto 26 Namibia NAM
9T Soltan Migitinov 23 Azerbaijan AZE
9T Bogdan Juratoni 22 Romania ROU
9T Terrell Gausha 24 United States USA
9T Aleksandar Drenovak 28 Serbia SRB
9T Abdelmalek Rahou 26 Algeria ALG
17T Junior Castillo 26 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Muideen Akanji 20 Nigeria NGR
17T Enrique Collazo 23 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Sobirdzhon Nazarov 21 Tajikistan TJK
17T José Espinoza 24 Venezuela VEN
17T Mohamed Hikal 33 Egypt EGY
17T Badr-Eddine Haddioui 23 Morocco MAR
17T Andranik Hakobyan 30 Armenia ARM
17T Danabek Suzhanov 27 Kazakhstan KAZ
17T Nursähet Pazzyýew 19 Turkmenistan TKM
17T Marlo Delgado 19 Ecuador ECU
17T Jesse Ross 22 Australia AUS