Vasyl Lomachenko Cruises To Second Gold Medal
By Jake Donovan
With his second Gold medal win practically a foregone conclusion well before heading into Sunday afternoon's finals, the only thing left to decide whether Vasyl Lomachenko deserve a second consecutive Val Barker trophy as the outstanding boxer of the competition.
The Ukraine amateur superstar was that dominant in 2012, storming through the lightweight field four years after conquering the featherweight division in Beijing. Lomachenko barely broke a sweat in his 19-9 Gold medal win over South Korea's Soon-Chul Han on Sunday afternoon.
As was he case with Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia in the flyweight field, Han became the unlikely success story at lightweight. His road to the finals included a double-countback win in the Round of 16 and then shocking upsets over the lightweight representatives from Uzbekistan and Lithuania to guarantee South Korea a boxing medal.
His notable run aside, a win in the lightweight finals would have been regarded among the biggest upsets in boxing history, pro or amateur.
Lomachenko made sure it would never happen. A five-point lead through one round was enough to Han know just how deep the waters were. The closest the fight came to producing any drama was when Lomachenko was cautioned for being too aggressive.
By fight's end, the outcome was a foregone conclusion. The 10-point margin was the largest of any Gold medal fight to this point in the competition.
There are still three divisional finals to go before the Val Barker trophy can be awarded. But as evidenced in the lightweight championships, there still remains only one Vasyl Lomachenko.
Lightweight Finals (Sunday, August 12)
* Lomachenko wins Gold; Han takes Silver
Lightweight Semifinals (Friday, August 10)Vasyl Lomachenko (Ukraine) def. Yasniel Toledo (Cuba), 14-11
Soon-Chul Han (South Korea) def. Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania), 18-13
* Toledo and Petrauskas share Bronze medal honors
Lightweight Quarterfinals (Monday, August 6)
Vasyl Lomachenko (Ukraine) def. Felix Verdejo (Puerto Rico), 15-9
Yasniel Toledo (Cuba) def. Gani Zhailauov (Kazakhstan), 19-11
Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania) def. Domenico Valentino (Italy), 16-14
Soon-Chul Han (South Korea) def. Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) , 16-13
Round of 16 Matchups (Thursday, August 2):
Vasyl Lomachenko (Ukraine) def. Wellington Arias (Dominican Republic), 15-3
Felix Verdejo (Puerto Rico) def. Ahmed Mejrl (Tunisia), 16-7
Gani Zhailauov (Kazakhstan) def. Jai Bhagwan (India) , 16-8
Yasniel Toledo (Cuba) def. Liu Qiang (China), 14-10
Domenico Valentino (Italy) def. Josh Taylor (Great Britain), 15-10
Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania) def. Fatih Keleş (Turkey), 16-12
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) def. Jose Ramirez (USA), 15-11
Soon-Chul Han (South Korea) def. Vasgen Safaryanta (Belarus), 13-13 (double-countback)
Lightweights - Round of 32 Results (Sunday, July 29):
Wellington Arias (Dominican Republic) def. Eduor Marriaga (Colombia), 17-8
Ahmed Mejrl (Tunisia) def. Shafiq Chitou (Benin), 16-9
Felix Verdejo (Puerto Rico) def. Juan Huertas (Panama), 11-5
Gani Zhailauov (Kazakhstan) def. Saylom Ardee (Thailand), 12-12 (Zhailauov wins on countback)
Jai Bhagwan (India) def. Andrique Allison (Seychelles), 18-8
Liu Qiang (China) def. Luke Jackson (Australia), 20-7
Josh Taylor (Great Britain) def. Robson Conceição (Brazil), 13-9
Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania) def. Miklos Varga (Hungary), 20-12
Fatih Keleş (Turkey) def. Abdelkader Chadi (Algeria), 15-8
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) def. Yhyacinthe Mewoli (Cameroon), 11-6
Jose Ramirez (USA) def. Rachid Azzedine (France), 21-20
Soon-Chul Han (South Korea) dec. Mohamed Eliwa (Egypt), 11-6
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor for Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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