Twenty Year Medal Table for Boxing

Summer Olympic Games 1996 – 2012

Українські боксери олімпійці - Шелестюк, Усик, Берінчик (позаду), Ломаченко, Гвоздик

Five boxers from Ukraine won medals at London 2012, with six from Russia and four from Kazakhstan. The sport is no longer strictly amateur, and funding is increasingly competitive, but the Soviet system has adapted well by embracing state capitalism.

By contrast, the United States men’s team went home empty-handed, a result which it might not improve upon this year, despite the best historical record of any country. The explanation is a mirror image of that for success in women’s basketball. While the latter is well-funded through the college system, college boxing is struggling for recognition.

Cuba’s Cold War success continues into the new millennium and Thailand and Ireland also punch above their weight. Several Irish boxers are from the Traveller community, while women’s lightweight, Katie Taylor, will be fighting for a second gold medal in Rio.

G S B
Cuba 15 9 9 33
Russia 9 5 12 26
Kazakhstan 6 5 6 17
Great Britain 5 2 3 10
Ukraine 4 3 7 14
Thailand 4 3 3 10
United States 3 2 10 15
China 3 2 3 8
Italy 1 3 4 8
France 1 3 2 6
Ireland 1 2 4 7
Bulgaria 1 2 2 5
Mongolia 1 2 1 4
Uzbekistan 1 0 6 7
Algeria 1 0 2 3
Hungary 1 0 1 2
Japan 1 0 1 2
Dominican Republic 1 0 0 1
South Korea 0 2 3 5
Turkey 0 2 1 3
Belarus 0 2 0 2
Germany 0 1 6 7
Romania 0 1 4 5
Brazil 0 1 2 3
Egypt 0 1 2 3
North Korea 0 1 1 2
Spain 0 1 1 2
Canada 0 1 0 1
Czech Republic 0 1 0 1
Philippines 0 1 0 1
Tonga 0 1 0 1
Azerbaijan 0 0 6 6
India 0 0 2 2
Moldova 0 0 2 2
Argentina 0 0 1 1
Armenia 0 0 1 1
Georgia 0 0 1 1
Lithuania 0 0 1 1
Mauritius 0 0 1 1
Mexico 0 0 1 1
Morocco 0 0 1 1
Nigeria 0 0 1 1
Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1
Syria 0 0 1 1
Tajikistan 0 0 1 1
Tunisia 0 0 1 1

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