Cuba adds two more, one shy of gold record

BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Cubans Martinez Diogenes Luna
and Damian Austin won on the final day of the World Amateur Boxing
Championships Sunday, giving Cuba its sixth and seventh gold
medals, one short of its record of eight in 1993.

Luna won the light-welterweight gold over Bulgarian Dimitar
Schtilianov. The Bulgarian was trailing 20-10 after two rounds and
declined to come out in the third.

Austin won his second world title. The 26-year-old, a
lightweight champion in 1993 but out of boxing for three years,
used all his fancy footwork and slick southpaw counters to beat
defending champion Marian Simion of Romania 28-19 in their
light-middleweight title bout.

Cuba won five golds on Saturday: Yan Bartelemi at
light-flyweight; bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux; welterweight
Lorenzo Aragon, who outscored Anthony Thompson of Philadelphia; and
heavyweight Odlanier Solis.

Thompson was the lone American finalist.

Cuba also had bronze medalists in super-heavyweight Pedro
Carrion and middleweight Yorlandis Despaigne.

Cuba has dominated the 11 world championships with 55 gold, 24
silver and 17 bronze medals since they began in 1974.

The most entertaining bout of the final day was in the flyweight
class. France won its first-ever gold medal when Jerome Thomas
defeated European champion Vladymyr Sydorenko of Ukraine 39-29.
Thomas was a bronze medalist in the Sydney Olympics.

Championship results:
Jerome Thomas, France, def. Vladymyr Sydorenko, Ukraine, 39-29.

Ramazan Palyani, Turkey, def. Galib Jafarov, Kazakhstan, referee
stopped contest, third round.

Light Welterweight
Martinez Diogenes Luna, Cuba, def. Dimitar Schtilianov,
Bulgaria, retired after second round.

Light Middleweight
Damian Austin, Cuba, def. Marian Simion, Romania, 28-19.

Evgueni Makarenko, Russia, def. Viktor Perun, Ukraine, referee
stopped contest, third round.

Super Heavyweight
Ruslan Chagaev, Uzbekistan, def., Oleksli Mazikin, Ukraine,
retired, second round.