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Heavyweight (>80 kilograms), Men

Date23 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.

The final came down to the 2004 silver medalist, Greece’s Alexandros Nikolaidis, against the unknown Korean, Cha Dong-Min. But as they prepared for their match, Cuba’s Ángel Matos, the 2000 welterweight gold medalist, faced Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov, 2007 World Championship middleweight bronze medalist, for a bronze medal. Matos led late in the second round, when he took an injury time-out. But while recovering, he was disqualified by Swedish referee Chakir Chelbat, who felt that Matos had taken too much time. This was not well received by Matos or his coach, Leodis González, who vociferously protested the call. Matos then kicked Chelbat in the face before he had to be escorted out by security. Matos’s disqualification was upheld, and he and his coach were further given lifetime bans from the sport for their behavior.

After that episode the final was anticlimactic. Nikolaidis took an early lead, but Cha evened the match in the final round and then won the gold medal with a late kick. Although Cha was unknown in 2008, he won a World Championship silver as a middleweight in 2011, and won titles in heavyweight at the 2009 East Asian Games and the 2012 Asian Championships.

PosNrFighterNOC
1121Cha Dong-MinKORGold
2118Alexandros NikolaidisGRESilver
=3120Arman ChilmanovKAZBronze
=3124Chika ChukwumerijeNGRBronze
5126Akmal ErgashevUZB
=6114Kristopher MoitlandCRC
=6122Abdelkader ZrouriMAR
=8123Daba Modibo KeïtaMLI
=8113Liu XiaoboCHN
=10119Leonardo BasileITA
=10125Matt BeachNZL
=10117Mickaël BorotFRA
=10127Juan DíazVEN
=10116Jon GarcíaESP
=10128Nguyễn Văn HùngVIE
DQ115Ángel MatosCUB1

Round One (23 August 2008 — 11:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Chika ChukwumerijeNGR Nguyễn Văn HùngVIE Final Score (3 - 1)
Match #2 Daba Modibo KeïtaMLI Mickaël BorotFRA Final Score (6 - 5)
Match #3 Alexandros NikolaidisGRE Arman ChilmanovKAZ Final Score (4 - 3)
Match #4 Abdelkader ZrouriMAR Juan DíazVEN Knock Out (Round 2, 1:40)
Match #5 Liu XiaoboCHN Matt BeachNZL Final Score (4 - 1)
Match #6 Ángel MatosCUB Leonardo BasileITA Final Score (3 - 1)
Match #7 Akmal ErgashevUZB Jon GarcíaESP Final Score (11 - 10)
Match #8 Cha Dong-MinKOR Kristopher MoitlandCRC Final Score (1 - -2)

Quarter-Finals (23 August 2008 — 16:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Chika ChukwumerijeNGR Daba Modibo KeïtaMLI Final Score (3 - 2)
Match #2 Alexandros NikolaidisGRE Abdelkader ZrouriMAR Final Score (5 - 4)
Match #3 Ángel MatosCUB Liu XiaoboCHN Final Score (2 - 1)
Match #4 Cha Dong-MinKOR Akmal ErgashevUZB Final Score (2 - 0)

Semi-Finals (23 August 2008 — 17:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #1 Alexandros NikolaidisGRE Chika ChukwumerijeNGR Final Score (3 - 2)
Match #2 Cha Dong-MinKOR Ángel MatosCUB Final Score (1 - 0)

Repêchage Round One (23 August 2008 — 18:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.

Match #1 Chika ChukwumerijeNGR Bye
Match #2 Akmal ErgashevUZB Kristopher MoitlandCRC Final Score (6 - 5)
Match #3 Arman ChilmanovKAZ Abdelkader ZrouriMAR Retired (Round 1, 1:28)
Match #4 Ángel MatosCUB Bye

Bronze Medal Matches (23 August 2008 — 19:30)

Match #1 Chika ChukwumerijeNGR Akmal ErgashevUZB Final Score (4 - 3)
Match #2 2 Arman ChilmanovKAZ Ángel MatosCUB 3Disqualified (Round 2, 1:02)

Final Round (23 August 2008 — 20:15)

Match 1/2 Cha Dong-MinKOR Alexandros NikolaidisGRE Final Score (5 - 4)