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Boxing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 17, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Mario Kindelán
Silver: UKR Andriy Kotelnyk
Bronze: MEX Cristian Bejarano
RUS Aleksandr Maletin


[Mario Kindelán] was heavily favored and he would not disappoint, winning the gold medal in Sydney with no close matches. Kindelán had won the 1998 World Cup and Goodwill Games and the 1999 World Championship and Pan American Games. He would continue to dominate the amateur lightweight division, repeating as gold medalist at Athens in 2004, winning two more World titles in 2001 and 2003, and defending his Pan American gold medal in 2003. He briefly retired after the 2004 Olympics, but came back for one bout in 2005 in England and would later become the coach of the British boxing team. Kindelán's cousin was [Orestes Kindelán], Cuba's top home run hitter in baseball and a two-time gold medalist.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mario Kindelán 29 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Andriy Kotelnyk 22 Ukraine UKR Silver
3T Aleksandr Maletin 25 Russia RUS Bronze
3T Cristian Bejarano 19 Mexico MEX Bronze
5 Tingran Ouzlian 32 Greece GRE
6 Nurzhan Karimzhanov 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 Selim Palyani 24 Turkey TUR
8 Almazbek Raimkulov 23 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
9T Syed Asghar Ali Shah 22 Pakistan PAK
9T David Jackson 24 United States USA
9T Gheorghe Lungu 22 Romania ROU
9T José Leonardo Cruz 24 Colombia COL
9T Michael Katsidis 20 Australia AUS
9T Patriz López 23 Venezuela VEN
9T Phongsit Veangviseth 28 Thailand THA
9T Ray Narh 22 Ghana GHA
17T Abdel Jebahi 25 France FRA
17T Adisu Tebebu 19 Ethiopia ETH
17T Agnaldo Magalhães 24 Brazil BRA
17T Artur Gevorgyan 25 Armenia ARM
17T Gilbert Khunwane 23 Botswana BOT
17T Giovanni Frontin 22 Mauritius MRI
17T Larry Semillano 24 Philippines PHI
17T Mahac Nuriddinovun 22 Azerbaijan AZE
17T Naoufel Ben Rabah 22 Tunisia TUN
17T Norman Schuster 20 Germany GER
17T Tümentsetsegiin Üitümen 29 Mongolia MGL
17T Victor Ramos 30 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA