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2012 OLYMPICS: PHI RANKED 45TH IN ALL-TIME BOXING MEDAL TALLY


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The Philippines is tied with Turkey in the all-time medal tally for Olympic boxing. It has won two silvers and three bronze medals for a total of five gold medals.

The two silver medalists were featherweight Anthony Villanueva in Tokyo 1964 and lightflyweight Mansueto ?Onyok? Velasco (lightflyweight) in Atlanta 1996. The three bronze medalists were lightflyweight Roel Velasco in Barcelona 1992, lightflyweight Leopoldo Serrantes in Seoul 1988, and bantamweight Jose Villanueva in Los Angeles 1932.

United States topped the Olympic boxing medal standings with 48 golds, 23 silvers and 37 bronzes with a total of 108 medals. The Americans are number one in both gold medal and total medal categories.

Powerhouse Cuba is second with 32-19-12 gold-silver-bronze slate for a total of 63 medals. Italy is third with 15-13-16 and 44 total. But the former Soviet Union or USSR has more total of 51 with 14 golds, 18 silvers, 19 bronzes at fourth. Great Britain , the 2012 host nation, is fifth with 14-11-23 tally with 48 medals total.

Sixth place is Hungary with 10-2-8 and total 20. and at seventh is Poland with 8-9-26 with total 43. At eighth is Russia with 8-3-9, 20 total. Although several Russian boxers won medals while still at the Soviet Union team. Argentina is ninth with 7-7-10, 24 total and South Africa is tenth with 6-4-9, 19 total.

The highest ranked Asian nation in the Olympic boxing standings is Kazakhstan with 5-4-4, 11 total at eleventh place. Although like Russia, some of their boxers got medals when they were still under USSR and in Europe. Thailand is at No. 16 with 4-3-6, total 13 and South Korea is at No. 18 at 4-3-6, total 13, the same number of medals as Thailand.

Mexico, the Philippines? arch-rival in professional boxing, is at No. 21 with 2-3-7, total 12. That means like Filipinos, most of their good boxers prefer to turn pro than compete as amateurs.

Communist North Korea is at No. 22 with 2-3-3, total 8. Fellow Communist China is at No. 25 with 2-1-2, total 5. Mongolia is No. 34 with 1-1-2, total 5, Uzbekistan is No. 37 with 1-0-5, total 6, and Japan is No. 40 with 1-0-2, total 3.

That means the Philippines is the ninth Asian nation in Olympic boxing. Although we have same number of total medals won with China and Mongolia and more medals than Japan. The Philippines just lacked that elusive gold to surge ahead in the standings.

We are however ahead of other notable countries in the boxing rankings like Spain (47), Australia (50), Azerbaijan (60), Colombia (61), Brazil (65), and India (65).

The Chinese boxing squad improved from winning just one bronze medal in Athens to garnering two golds, one silver and one bronze in Beijing. Although some verdicts were marred by controversy in some alleged hometown decisions.

There were moments of hullabaloo in Olympic boxing involving South Koreans. The most infamous incident was Roy Jones' light-middleweight final against South Korea's Park Si-Hun in Seoul in 1988. In the punch statistics, Jones was way ahead, 86-32 but lost on a 3-2 split decision among the five judges. All three judges who ruled in favor of the South Korean were later suspended. It caused the change in the international scoring to the present computerized system.


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