Two weeks and some 270 fights later, and the London 2012 Olympic boxing competition has come to a close. It has been a well discussed point of contention that the team USA men's boxing team brought home zero medals for the first time in history, a historically bad performance. So which countries did bring home the most medals and Olympic boxing glory?
Take a look at the following notes and stats involving the Olympic boxing medal counts for all of the countries involved. The numbers below include medals captured by both men's and women's competitors -- a total of 52 medals were up for grabs across 13 total weight divisions.
London 2012 Olympics - Boxing Medal Counts
Russia led the pack at London 2012 with a total of six medals (1 G, 2 S, 3 B).
Next up was Great Britain, and the home country actually won the most gold medals. They won a total of five medals, with three golds, and a silver and bronze apiece. It was a fantastic showing by the host nation, even if there was a bit of grumbling that the partisan crowds could have swayed the judges from time to time.
Ukraine also brought home five medals (2 G, 1 S, 2 B), while Cuba (2 G, 0 S, 2 B), Ireland (1 G, 1 S, 2 B)and Kazakhstan (1 G, 1 S, 2 B) brought home four each.
China (1 G, 1 S, 1 B), Italy (0 G, 2 S, 1 B) and Brazil (0 G, 1 S, 2 B) each won three.
Japan (1 G, 0 S, 1 B), the United States (1 G, 0 S, 1 B), Mongolia (0 G, 1 S, 1 B) and Azerbaijan (0 G, 0 S, 2 B) notched two each, and the remaining medalists included South Korea (silver), Thailand (silver), Bulgaria (bronze), India (bronze), Lithuania (bronze), Tajikistan (bronze) and Uzbekistan (bronze).
That's a total of 20 different countries who made at least one trip to the podium for Olympic boxing at London 2012, with 13 countries winning two or more.
There was no singularly dominant country, however, there were many strong, deep teams. The high medal tallies of countries such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China and Brazil show the proliferation of boxing across the globe. Meanwhile, the only country to send a full squad of 10 men's boxers, Australia, was shut out from the medal stand entirely.
For the United States, both of the medals came from the women's boxing competition, as teenager Claressa Shields won gold at Middleweight, and Flyweight Marlen Esparza took bronze.
Sources: AIBA.org, NBC Olympics Coverage
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Jake Emen runs the boxing news website ProBoxing-Fans.com. You can find more of his writing, including a complete guide to the London 2012 Olympic Boxing competition, as well as exclusive stories and special features on the Games at the site.
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