Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Riocentro - Pavilion 6, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 8, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Kamran ÅahsuvarlÄ±
Just before the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, the event lost one of the seeded fighters in the division when [Michael OâReilly] tested positive for a banned diuretic.
This helped leave the field clear for [Arlen LÃ³pez] of Cuba to breeze through the competition.
Compatriots [Robeisy RamÃrez] and [Julio CÃ©sar La Cruz] had already taken gold for Cuba earlier in the tournament so LÃ³pez provided the third gold for the Caribbean nation when he outpointed 20-year-old Uzbek [Bektemir Melikuziev] to claim the Olympic title.
Lopez, the 2015 world champion, was a fighter who was equally adept at fighting on the inside or at long range and showed great balance and accuracy.