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Boxing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall, Peristeri
Date Started: August 16, 2004
Date Finished: August 29, 2004
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Mario Kindelán
Silver: GBR Amir Khan
Bronze: KAZ Serik Yeleuov
RUS Murat Khrachov


Cuba's [Mario Kindelán] could not have been a clearer favourite for the Olympic title if his feet had been nailed to the top step of the podium since the Sydney Games. The Cuban was a master of the technical side of boxing and had won every major competition he had entered since 1999.

His chances were further helped when world silver medallist [Pichai Sayota] failed to qualify for Athens.

The wildcard in the draw was British fighter [Amir Khan] who, at 17, was too young to even contest his national championships. His victory at the World Junior Championship had forced the hand of Great Britain's selectors and he duly repaid them by winning the final qualifying tournament. Khan then defeated the champions of Europe and Asia in his unexpected progression to the Olympic final.

The young Briton fought well but the experience gained by the Cuban in his years at the top of amateur boxing proved far too much for Khan and Kindelan's expertise helped him retain the Olympic title with a margin of 8 points. An illustration of the two fighters' relative experience was that while the Olympic final was only Khan's 14th senior fight it was the 330th of Kindelan's career.

This was the to be the last major fight of the Cuban's career and he then moved into coaching and was for a time involved in the British coaching programme. Khan on the other hand turned professional and became a world champion in the light-welterweight division.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mario Kindelán 33 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Amir Khan 17 Great Britain GBR Silver
3T Serik Yeleuov 23 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze
3T Murat Khrachov 21 Russia RUS Bronze
5T Domenico Valentino 20 Italy ITA
5T Baek Jong-Seop 24 South Korea KOR
5T Rövşən Hüseynov 28 Azerbaijan AZE
5T Sam Rukundo 24 Uganda UGA
9T Mohamed Asheri 29 Iran IRI
9T Félix Díaz 20 Dominican Republic DOM
9T Dimitar Shtilyanov 28 Bulgaria BUL
9T Uranchimegiin Mönkh-Erdene 22 Mongolia MGL
9T Vicente Escobedo 22 United States USA
9T Syed Asghar Ali Shah 26 Pakistan PAK
9T Alex De Jesús 21 Puerto Rico PUR
9T Anthony Little 23 Australia AUS
17T Selçuk Aydın 20 Turkey TUR
17T Marios Kaperonis 21 Greece GRE
17T Gyula Káté 22 Hungary HUN
17T Michael Medor 22 Mauritius MRI
17T José David Mosquera 20 Colombia COL
17T Bongani Wonderboy Mahlangu 25 South Africa RSA
17T Volodymyr Kravets 23 Ukraine UKR
17T Ahmed Sadiq 25 Nigeria NGR
17T Tahar Tamsamani 23 Morocco MAR
17T Myke de Carvalho 20 Brazil BRA
17T Taoufik Chobba 21 Tunisia TUN
17T Chen Tongzhou 24 China CHN