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Boxing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Light-Flyweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: July 31, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CHN Zou Shiming
Silver: THA Kaeo Pongprayoon
Bronze: IRL Paddy Barnes
RUS David Ayrapetyan


The 2008 Olympic champion [Zou Shiming] arrived in London having won every major championship he had contested since 2007. The only question mark against him was his age – at 31 he was considered ancient for a light-flyweight. As it turned out London was kind to the more experienced boxers and, at 26, Irishman [Paddy Barnes] was the youngster amongst the semi-finalists.

Barnes had been shut out by Zou in the semi-finals at Beijing but in London he fought the title holder to a hugely entertaining 15-15 tie before losing on countback. The other semi saw an upset as the Thai soldier [Kaeo Pongprayoon] comfortably disposed of [David Ayrapetyan] of Russia.

Pongprayoon appeared to have the better of Zhou in the final but, in a messy bout where both men were warned for negative tactics, the Chinese fighter retained his Olympic title by 13-10. A chorus of booing greeted the decision.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Zou Shiming 31 China CHN Gold
2 Kaeo Pongprayoon 32 Thailand THA Silver
3T Paddy Barnes 25 Ireland IRL Bronze
3T David Ayrapetyan 28 Russia RUS Bronze
5T Birzhan Zhakypov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
5T Devendro Singh Laishram 20 India IND
5T Ferhat Pehlivan 23 Turkey TUR
5T Aleksandar Aleksandrov 27 Bulgaria BUL
9T Yosbany Veitía 20 Cuba CUB
9T Mark Barriga 19 Philippines PHI
9T Thomas Essomba 24 Cameroon CMR
9T Pürevdorjin Serdamba 27 Mongolia MGL
9T Jantony Ortíz 18 Puerto Rico PUR
9T Ramy Hilmi 22 Egypt EGY
9T Carlos Quipo 22 Ecuador ECU
9T Sin Jong-Hun 23 South Korea KOR
17T Billy Ward 19 Australia AUS
17T Manuel Cappai 19 Italy ITA
17T Jérémy Beccu 21 France FRA
17T Abdelali Darra 22 Morocco MAR
17T Bayron Molina 19 Honduras HON
17T Suleimana Tetteh 19 Ghana GHA
17T Carlos Suarez 19 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
17T Kelvin de la Nieve 25 Spain ESP
17T Mohamed Flissi 22 Algeria ALG
17T Juliano Máquina 18 Mozambique MOZ