U.S. shut out of gold medals

Amateur worlds update

19/11/2005

U.S. shut out of gold medals

By Scott Shaffer

The United States will not take home any gold medals from the World Amateur Championships in Mianyang, China.  Rau'shee Warren, a veteran of the 2004 Olympic Games lost to South Korea's Lee Ok-Sung in the flyweight division. America's last hope, Gary Russell, Jr. lost to Rustamhodza Rahimov, an Olympic bronze medallist at bantamweight.  As usual, Cuba (five finalists) and Russia (four finalists) will vie for supremacy on the final day of competition. The marquee match-ups in the gold medal round are at super heavyweight, where Odlanier Solis, Cuba's world and Olympic heavyweight champion meets Russia's Roman Romanchuk and bantamweight, where Rahimov gets a very tough assignment, Olympic gold medallist Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba. The host country's hopes for gold will be pinned on 2004 silver medallist Zhou Shiming.  At light flyweight, Zhou will face Hungarian Bedak Pal.