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Boxing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Workers' Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 24, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CHN Zhang Xiaoping
Silver: IRL Kenny Egan
Bronze: KAZ Yerkebulan Shynaliyev
GBR Tony Jeffries


All of the medalists from the 2007 World Championships were in Beijing, with two of them meeting in the first round, [Yerkebulan Shynaliyev] (KAZ) defeating [Daugirdas Å emiotas] (LTU). The 2007 World Champion, Uzbeki [Abbos Atayev], also lost in the first round. And then 2007 silver medalist, [Artur Beterbiyev] of Russia, lost in round two to China's [Zhang Xiaoping], silver medalist at the 2007 Asian Championships. Shynaliyev kept winning, moving to the semi-finals against Zhang, who won that match by judge's decision, after they tied 4-4.

In the other half of the draw, Ireland's [Kenny Egan], bronze medalist at the 2006 Europeans, advanced unscathed, easily winning four decisions – 22-2, 10-2, 8-0, and 10-3. The final saw Zhang win a popular hometown victory, 11-7. Shortly after the Olympics Egan won the EU Amateur Championships, adding bronze medals in 2009 at that meet and the 2010 European Championships. But his career derailed after that, as he admitted to a drinking problem, but did seek treatment for it, spurred on by his girlfriend.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Zhang Xiaoping 26 China CHN Gold
2 Kenny Egan 26 Ireland IRL Silver
3T Tony Jeffries 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze
3T Yerkebulan Shynaliyev 20 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze
5T Imre Szellő 25 Hungary HUN
5T Washington da Silva 32 Brazil BRA
5T Abdelhafid Benchabla 21 Algeria ALG
5T Jahon Qurbanov 22 Tajikistan TJK
9T Eléider Álvarez 24 Colombia COL
9T Luis González 24 Venezuela VEN
9T Bastie Samir 22 Ghana GHA
9T Bahram Muzaffer 22 Turkey TUR
9T Artur Beterbiyev 23 Russia RUS
9T Ramadan Yasser 28 Egypt EGY
9T Marijo Å ivolija-Jelica 27 Croatia CRO
9T Carlos Negrón 21 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Azea Augustama 25 Haiti HAI
17T Dauda Izobo 28 Nigeria NGR
17T Julius Jackson 21 United States Virgin Islands ISV
17T Aziz Ali 27 Kenya KEN
17T Mourad Sahraoui 25 Tunisia TUN
17T Kennedy Katende 23 Sweden SWE
17T Ramazan Magomedov 23 Belarus BLR
17T Dinesh Kumar 19 India IND
17T Farani Tavui 22 Samoa SAM
17T Abbos Atayev 22 Uzbekistan UZB
17T Mehdi Ghorbani 23 Iran IRI
17T Daugirdas Å emiotas 25 Lithuania LTU