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The class of the 2004 Olympic Games

Alexander Povetkin Olympic Games
Alexander Povetkin was the super-heavyweight champion at the Athens Games 16 years ago. Who were the other winners?
  1. ODLANIER SOLIS (HEAVYWEIGHT)
    A gifted but temperamental Cuban who won a trio of World gold medals in addition to his 2004 Olympic triumph, Solis went on to unsuccessfully challenge Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title as a pro.
  2. ANDRE WARD (LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT)
    Following his victory for America at the 2004 Olympics, Ward turned over and proceeded to become a unified champion at super-middleweight and light-heavy, before retiring as the unbeaten pound-for-pound No. 1.
  3. GAYDARBEK GAYDARBEKOV (MIDDLEWEIGHT)
    Gaydarbekov denied Gennady Golovkin an Olympic gold medal by defeating him in the final in 2004. The Russian, who never became a professional, also competed at the 2000 Games, where he captured silver.
  4. BAKHITYAR ARTAYEV (WELTERWEIGHT)
    Like Gaydarbekov, Artayev remained an amateur throughout his entire career. The quality Kazakh was the recipient of the coveted Val Barker Trophy in 2004, awarded to the outstanding boxer at the Olympics.
  5. MANUS BOONJUMNONG (LIGHT-WELTERWEIGHT)
    Although Boonjumnong only had a short and undistinguished spell as a pro in his mid-30s,
    prior to this the Thai medalled at two Olympic Games. He secured gold in 2004 and silver four years later.
  6. MARIO KINDELAN (LIGHTWEIGHT)
    Career amateur Kindelan defeated a teenage Amir Khan in the 2004 Olympic final. The classy Cuban also claimed a gold medal at the 2000 Games, plus three first-place finishes at the World Championships.
  7. ALEKSEI TISHCHENKO (FEATHERWEIGHT)
    Another fighter who opted against turning professional, Tishchenko enjoyed a gold-laden stint in the unpaid ranks. The Russian was victorious at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, as well as the 2005 Worlds.
  8. GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX (BANTAMWEIGHT)
    During an outstanding amateur career, Rigondeaux garnered two Olympic golds (2000 and 2004) and two World golds (2001 and 2005). The enigmatic Cuban is also an ex-unified super-bantamweight titlist as a pro.
  9. YURIORKIS GAMBOA (FLYWEIGHT)
    At the 2004 Olympics, Cuba’s Gamboa finished on top of the podium. The honours continued to arrive when he moved into the professional game, where he achieved the status of unified featherweight king.
  10. YAN BARTHELEMY (LIGHT-FLYWEIGHT)
    One of five Cuban boxers to conquer their field at the 2004 Games, Barthelemy also prevailed at the 2001 World Championships. However, he failed to replicate his amateur success in the pros.

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