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01 AUGUST 2014

 

Bhartrelemy strikes more Gold for Cuba




In the first final of the last day of competition Yan Varela Bhartrelemy was crowned Olympic Light-flyweight (48kgs) champion when he out-point 17 year-old Atagun Yalcinkaya from Turkey by 21-16.

The young Turk made a promising start to edge the first session but the more experienced Cuban fighter bided his time and slowly picked off Yalcinkaya through his upright straight guard.

Bhartrelemy, knowing he was ahead, went walk about in the fourth session, and hung on to take the Gold medal.

Another Cuban that looked excellent in striking Gold was Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz who out-pointed Thailand's Worapoj Petchkoom. Ortiz retained the title he won in Sydney, Australia, four years ago.

Ortiz quickly took a 6-3 lead after the first session by picking off the Thai boxer with a long southpaw jab. The second session was no different as Petchkoom failed to close the Cuban down and went further behind, 14-8. It really was a tremendously schooled performance by Ortiz, who eventually clearly by 22-12.

Russian Alexander Povetkin was crowned Olympic super-heavyweight without having to throw a punch when opponent Mohamed Aly from Egypt failed a medical. It is believed Aly suffered a shoulder injury.



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