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Welterweight (≤80 kilograms), Men

Date22 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Keji Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Steven Lopez had won this event in Athens in 2004 and had won a gold medal in the featherweight class at Sydney in 2000, and was also a four-time World Champion coming in to Beijing. But he was expecting to be challenged by Iran’s Hadj Saei, the 2004 featherweight gold medalist and 2005 World Lightweight Champion, who was moving up in class. Lopez’s brother, Mark, had already won a silver medal in the featherweight class, while his sister, Diana, would win a bronze medal in the women’s featherweight class.

The first round saw Lopez with a difficult draw, facing Turkey’s Bahri Tanrıkulu, who Lopez had defeated for gold in the Athens final, and who was the 2007 World Champion in middleweight, not an Olympic class. Lopez won, but would not make the final, being upset in the semis by Italian Mauro Sarmiento, whose previous podium finishes included a silver and bronze at the last two editions of the Universiade. Sarmiento met Saei in the final, who advanced with no major problems. The final match was close, with Saei scoring on two kicks in the final round to win, 6-4.

PosNrFighterNOC
1104Hadi SaeiIRIGold
2105Mauro SarmientoITASilver
=3111Steven LopezUSABronze
=399Zhu GuoCHNBronze
=597Rəşəd ƏhmədovAZE
=5102Aaron CookGBR
=7107Deepak BistaNEP
=7100N'Guessan Sebastien KonanCIV
=998Sébastien MichaudCAN
=9112Carlos VásquezVEN
=11101Lionel BaguissiGAB
=11103Miguel FerreraHON
=11106Anju JasonMHL
=11108Ángel RománPUR
=11109Abdulqader SarhanQAT
=11110Bahri TanrıkuluTUR

Round One (22 August 2008 — 11:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Carlos VásquezVEN Lionel BaguissiGAB Final Score (5 - 0)
Match #2 Aaron CookGBR Anju JasonMHL Final Score (7 - 0)
Match #3 Steven LopezUSA Bahri TanrıkuluTUR Final Score (3 - 0)
Match #4 Mauro SarmientoITA N'Guessan Sebastien KonanCIV Final Score (4 - 1)
Match #5 Rəşəd ƏhmədovAZE Abdulqader SarhanQAT Final Score (5 - 0)
Match #6 Sébastien MichaudCAN Ángel RománPUR Final Score (2 - 1)
Match #7 Zhu GuoCHN Miguel FerreraHON Final Score (3 - 1)
Match #8 Hadi SaeiIRI Deepak BistaNEP Final Score (7 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (22 August 2008 — 16:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Aaron CookGBR Carlos VásquezVEN Final Score (5 - 2)
Match #2 Mauro SarmientoITA Steven LopezUSA Final Score (2 - 1)
Match #3 Rəşəd ƏhmədovAZE Sébastien MichaudCAN Superiority (0 - 0)
Match #4 Hadi SaeiIRI Zhu GuoCHN Final Score (3 - 2)

Semi-Finals (22 August 2008 — 17:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #1 Mauro SarmientoITA Aaron CookGBR Final Score (6 - 5)
Match #2 Hadi SaeiIRI Rəşəd ƏhmədovAZE Final Score (4 - 1)

Repêchage Round One (22 August 2008 — 18:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.

Match #1 Aaron CookGBR Bye
Match #2 Zhu GuoCHN Deepak BistaNEP Final Score (6 - 2)
Match #3 Steven LopezUSA N'Guessan Sebastien KonanCIV Final Score (3 - 0)
Match #4 Rəşəd ƏhmədovAZE Bye

Bronze Medal Matches (22 August 2008 — 19:30)

Match #1 Zhu GuoCHN Aaron CookGBR Final Score (4 - 1)
Match #2 Steven LopezUSA Rəşəd ƏhmədovAZE Final Score (3 - 2)

Final Round (22 August 2008 — 20:15)

Match 1/2 Hadi SaeiIRI Mauro SarmientoITA Final Score (6 - 4)