With some controversial decisions headlining the boxing tournaments at the Rio Olympics, not to mention past Olympic Games, there was finally a decision on Wednesday that everyone could agree with.
Well, everyone in Brazil that is.
Lightweight boxer Robson Conceicao defeated France’s Sofiane Oumiha by unanimous decision to win Brazil’s first ever gold medal in boxing.
The gold medal is just the host country’s third in the two-plus weeks so far in the Rio Games, with one of the others – also a first – coming in the women’s judo competition. The medal is also Brazil’s 11th overall, but they are still in line for at least a few more in their more popular sports – volleyball and soccer.
The home crowd of rowdy and passionate Brazilians packed the nearly 9,000-seat boxing arena, cheering on their countryman to a decisive victory, getting scorecards of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
The bronze medals went to Mongolian fighter Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu and Cuban Lazaro Alvarez.