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Mongolia’s second Olympic gold

Badar-Uugan Enkhbat has won Mongolia’s first-ever gold medal in boxing, winning the bantamweight final over Cuba’s Yankiel Leon Alarcon. The score was 16-5. Enkhbat took a 4-1 lead in the first round and easily held off Alarcon, in front of a sizable Mongolian crowd in the Workers’ Gymnasium. Enkhbat, born in Ulaanbaatar in 1985, had previously won the silver medal at the international championship.

Mongolia missed its shot at a third gold when China’s Zou Shiming defeated Serdamba Purevdorj in the light flyweight category. The fight was stopped in the second round due to an injury to Purevdorj’s shoulder. This was Mongolia’s first Olympic silver medal in boxing.

On Sunday afternoon, the people of Ulaanbaatar took to the streets to celebrate the two medals. Public screenings of the matches drew crowds, and people gathered in homes to watch the broadcasts on any of four channels airing the fights. Following the wins, the streets were filled with people shouting, giving high-fives, and waving the Mongolian flag from car windows.

Boxing for Gold

Fox Sports reports on Mongolia’s Olympic boxing hopefuls:

Both China and Mongolia made history by qualifying fighters for an Olympic boxing final for the first time – and in Mongolia’s case it was at a Games where judoka Tuvshinbayar Naidan won the country’s first ever Olympic gold.

Badar-Uugan Enkhbat at bantamweight and Serdamba Purevdorj at light-flyweight will hope to become Mongolia’s first ever boxing Olympic champions.

“I’m very happy and proud that two of our boxers could get through to the finals,” said Mongolian coach Bandi Damdinjav.

“It’s very honourable for us and for all Mongolian people.”

Serdamba will face Zou Shiming, the third of China’s finalists, who as double world champion will start as favourite.

Badar-Uugan will come up against Yankiel Leon of Cuba.

Mongolia’s next medal hopeful

Serdamba Purevdorj has progressed to the Round of 16 in the men’s 48 kg boxing competition by defeating Ronald Serugo of Uganda.