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Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: GBR Luke Campbell
Silver: IRL John Joe Nevin
Bronze: JPN Satoshi Shimizu
CUB Lázaro Álvarez


[Lázaro Álvarez] of Cuba was the reigning world champion and the favourite for the Olympic title but he faced a strong challenge from home favourite [Luke Campbell] who had pushed him hard in the 2011 World Championship final. Also rated highly were [Məhəmməd Əbdülhəmidov] of Azerbaijan and Ireland's [John Joe Nevin]. The first of the four to fall was Əbdülhəmidov albeit in bizarre circumstances. The Azeri was declared the victor over [Satoshi Shimizu] of Japan by 22-17 despite falling to the canvas on six occasions in the final round. He was allowed to continue fighting each time by the referee from Turkmenistan but on appeal the AIBA ruled that at least three of the knockdowns were legitimate under the rules and should have forced an automatic victory for the Japanese fighter. The referee was barred from any further appearances at London 2012 for his performance.

Shimizu progressed to the last four where he fell to Campbell while the other semi-final produced an upset when Nevin gave a virtuoso performance to befuddle Álvarez on the way to a clear victory. With strong support within the venue for both men, the final was a close one for the first two rounds before the Briton drew away in the third and scored a knockdown during the round. Campbell was the first British boxer to win gold at bantamweight since 1908.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Luke Campbell 24 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 John Joe Nevin 23 Ireland IRL Silver
3T Lázaro Álvarez 21 Cuba CUB Bronze
3T Satoshi Shimizu 26 Japan JPN Bronze
5T Robenílson de Jesus 24 Brazil BRA
5T Óscar Valdéz 21 Mexico MEX
5T Detelin Dalakliev 29 Bulgaria BUL
5T Mohamed Ouadahi 25 Algeria ALG
9T Joseph Diaz, Jr. 19 United States USA
9T Sergey Vodopyanov 24 Russia RUS
9T Kanat Abutalipov 29 Kazakhstan KAZ
9T Anvar Yunusov 25 Tajikistan TJK
9T Vittorio Parrinello 28 Italy ITA
9T Ibrahim Balla 21 Australia AUS
9T William Encarnación 24 Dominican Republic DOM
9T Məhəmməd Əbdülhəmidov 25 Azerbaijan AZE
17T Pavlo Ishchenko 20 Ukraine UKR
17T Alberto Melián 22 Argentina ARG
17T Orzubek Shaimov 24 Uzbekistan UZB
17T Dennis Ceylan 23 Denmark DEN
17T Wessam Slamana 26 Syria SYR
17T Shiva Thapa 18 India IND
17T Jonas Matheus 26 Namibia NAM
17T Aboubakr Seddik Lbida 32 Morocco MAR
17T Ayabonga Sonjica 21 South Africa RSA
17T Roméo Lemboumba 32 Gabon GAB
17T Isaac Dogboe 17 Ghana GHA