Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 23, 2000
Date Finished: October 1, 2000
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Paolo Vidoz
The last two World Champions, Sinan Samil Sam of Turkey (1999) and Georgi Kandelaki of Georgia (1997), were not in Sydney, both having turned professional. But the runners-up from those years were â [Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov] of Kazakhstan (1999) and [Alexis Rubalcaba] of Cuba (1997). They met in the quarter-finals with Dildabekov winning easily, 25-12. He went on to the final where he faced Britain's [Audley Harrison], the 1998 Commonwealth Games gold medalist. The final was somewhat close for two rounds, but Harrison pulled away in the final two to win the gold medal, 30-16, despite fighting with an injured knuckle.
Harrison turned professional after Sydney and had a decent career, still fighting through 2012, but has not won a world title. Dildabekov continued to fight as an amateur, coming back to the Olympics in 2004, where he lost in the quarter-finals.
|1||Audley Harrison||28||Great Britain||GBR||Gold|
|9T||Ahmed Ali Abdel Samad||27||Egypt||EGY|
|9T||Angus Shelford||23||New Zealand||NZL|
|9T||Calvin Brock||25||United States||USA|