Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 12, 2012
Participants: 283 (247 men and 36 women) from 77 countries
Youngest Participant: Jai Tapu Opetaia (17 years, 33 days)
Oldest Participant: Nadezhda Torlopova (33 years, 252 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 52 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): Russia (6 medals)
2012 was a landmark year, not just in the history of Olympic boxing but also of the entire Olympic movement, as boxing became the final sport to allow women to compete at the Summer Olympics. The decision did not come without criticism and Cuba, one of the powerhouses of menâs boxing refused to allow itsâ women to attempt to qualify for the Games. Cuban coach Pedro Roque, explained that women should be "showing off their beautiful faces, not getting punched in the faceâ.
More typical were complaints that the women were short changed by the inclusion of only three weight categories instead of the 10 regularly contested divisions and there were worries that the possible bulking up and slimming down of fighters to fit the Olympic weights might be detrimental to the health of female boxers. In the event the womenâs boxing tournament was one of the surprise successes of the Games with the crowd noise in the North Greenwich Arena, most notably when the home nationâs [Nicola Adams] and especially Irelandâs [Katie Taylor] fought, reaching ear-splitting proportions.
If the introduction of female fighters was the most obvious difference since Beijing there were also changes in the menâs competition. Each bout reverted to the traditional three three-minute round format and, for the first time, the highest ranked fighters were seeded to avoid each other in the early rounds. There were also subtle differences in the qualifying system to reach London.
For the first time since the first London Games in 1908, Great Britain was the most successful nation and claimed three Olympic titles. Ukraine and a resurgent Cuba both won two golds whilst Russia and Ireland also had successful Games. Of the 20 countries that won medals, 9 were from Asia and none from either Africa or Oceania. Uniquely in Olympic history the US men left without a medal to their name although American honour was upheld in the womenâs middleweight class by teenager [Claressa Shields]. At 17 Shields became the youngest Olympic boxing champion since 1924.
The Val Barker trophy for the outstanding boxer of the Games went to Kazakhstanâs [Serik Sapiyev] who was a brilliant winner in the welterweight division whilst the most publicized fighter was Irishwoman [Katie Taylor] whose army of emerald green clad Irish supporters shook the hall to itsâ foundations every time she fought.
As at most Olympics the judging came under scrutiny and two verdicts were actually overturned after an appeal â a rare occurrence in international competition.
|Men's Light-Flyweight||Zou Shiming||Kaeo Pongprayoon|| Paddy Barnes
|Men's Flyweight||Robeisy RamÃrez||Nyambayaryn TÃ¶gstsogt|| Misha Aloyan
|Men's Bantamweight||Luke Campbell||John Joe Nevin|| Satoshi Shimizu
|Men's Lightweight||Vasyl Lomachenko||Han Sun-Cheol|| Evaldas Petrauskas
|Men's Light-Welterweight||Roniel Iglesias||Denys Berinchyk|| Uranchimegiin MÃ¶nkh-Erdene
|Men's Welterweight||Serik Sapiyev||Fred Evans|| Andrey Zamkovoy
|Men's Middleweight||Ryota Murata||Esquiva Florentino|| Abbos Atayev
|Men's Light-Heavyweight||Yegor Mekhontsev||Adilbek Niyazymbetov|| Oleksandr Hvozdyk
|Men's Heavyweight||Oleksandr Usik||Clemente Russo|| Teymur MÉmmÉdov
|Men's Super-Heavyweight||Anthony Joshua||Roberto Cammarelle|| MÉhÉmmÉdrÉsul MÉcidov
|Women's Flyweight||Nicola Adams||Ren Cancan|| Mary Kom
|Women's Lightweight||Katie Taylor||Sofya Ochigava|| Adriana AraÃºjo
|Women's Middleweight||Claressa Shields||Nadezhda Torlopova|| Li Jinzi