Olympics: Zou Shiming secures first ever Olympic boxing medal for Ch

EastDay.com, China
Aug 25 2004

Zou Shiming secures first ever Olympic boxing medal for China

Light flyweight Zou Shiming achieved a historic breakthrough for
Chinese boxing as he beat his Armenian opponent on points 20-12 in
Athens Tuesday to secure the first ever Olympic boxing medal for his
country at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

With rapid attacks and extremely flexible paces, the 23-year- old Zou
outclassed Aleksan Nalbandyan of Armenia in the four-round
quarterfinal match to book a berth in the semifinals of the 48kg

As the losers of semifinals share bronze medal at Olympic boxing
tournament, Zou has secured at least one bronze medal for China, the
best ever result for Chinese boxers at the Olympic Games.

“I can’t say anything to you now as I am just watching the match of
my opponent in the semifinals,” said Zou when Xinhua reached him via
mobile phone.

In the semifinals scheduled for Aug. 27, Zou will take on Cuban boxer
Varela Yan Bhartelemy, who beat South Korean Hong Moo Won 30- 11 on
points in another quarterfinal match.

“We have aimed at a major breakthrough at this Olympic Games, but we
didn’t give much pressure to ourselves,” said Li Qingsheng, head
coach of the Chinese boxing team.

“Therefore, Zou played all his matches in a fairly relaxed manner and
fully displayed his strength,” Li added.

Though the Armenian boxer played quite well in the previous rounds,
Zou felt he was quite sure of beating him after “some careful
analysis of his techniques”, said Li.

Zou established an early lead 4-1 in the first round and had since
well controlled the match. He was 9-3 ahead at the end of the second
round and 15-6 at the end of the third.

Zou, a native of Zunyi city, Guizhou Province in southwest China, was
a silver medalist in light flyweight at the 2003 world boxing
championships in Bangkok.

Zou had defeated Rau Shee Warren of the United States and Endalkachew
Kebede of Ethiopia to reach the quarterfinals.