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Boxing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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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 18, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Jorge Gutiérrez
Silver: RUS Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov
Bronze: HUN Zsolt Erdei
AZE Vüqar Mursal Ələkbərov


As was common by 2000, a Cuban was favored. [Jorge Gutiérrez] had won the 1999 Pan American Games and made the final of the 1999 World Championships, when the Cuban officials withdrew their entire team in protest of judging decisions, leaving him with a silver medal. Gutiérrez made it to the final in Sydney where he faced Russia's [Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov] in one of the top bouts of the 2000 Olympics. No fighter ever got more than 2 points ahead in the match, with Gutiérrez coming from behind in the last minute to win 17-15. Gutiérrez then disappeared from the international boxing scene. Gaydarbekov came back in 2004 to win the gold medal in this class, also winning the European title that year, and also winning at the 2001 Goodwill Games.

Gaydarbekov had defeated Hungary's [Zsolt Erdei] in the semi-finals in Sydney. Erdei had been the 1997 World Champion and 1998 and 2000 European champion. He turned professional after the 2000 Olympics and prospered as a pro, winning the 2005 WBO light-heavyweight championship, and in 2009, winning the 2009 WBC cruiserweight crown. Through 2011 he was undefeated as a professional, winning his first 33 bouts.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jorge Gutiérrez 24 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov 23 Russia RUS Silver
3T Vüqar Mursal Ələkbərov 19 Azerbaijan AZE Bronze
3T Zsolt Erdei 26 Hungary HUN Bronze
5 Adrian Diaconu 22 Romania ROU
6 Jeff Lacy 23 United States USA
7 Akın Kuloğlu 28 Turkey TUR
8 Oleksandr Zubrikhin 25 Ukraine UKR
9T Albert Eromosele 26 Nigeria NGR
9T Antonios Giannoulas 23 Greece GRE
9T Im Jeong-Bin 27 South Korea KOR
9T Jitender Kumar 23 India IND
9T Mohamed Mesbahi 31 Morocco MAR
9T Paul Miller 21 Australia AUS
9T Paweł Kakietek 25 Poland POL
9T Vladislav Vizilter 21 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
17T Abdel Hani Kenzi 26 Algeria ALG
17T Abudoureheman 22 China CHN
17T Cleiton Conceição 20 Brazil BRA
17T Don Orr 23 Canada CAN
17T Jerson Ravelo 23 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Mariano Carrera 20 Argentina ARG
17T Ottavio Barone 25 Italy ITA
17T Peter Kariuki Ngumi 23 Kenya KEN
17T Ramadan Yasser 20 Egypt EGY
17T Somchai Cimlum 24 Thailand THA
17T Utkirbek Khaydarov 26 Uzbekistan UZB