With the titles won by Roniel Iglesias, Arlén López and Julio César La Cruz at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the so-called flagship of our country
With the titles won by Roniel Iglesias, Arlén López and Julio César La Cruz at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the so-called flagship of our country increased the number of fighters who have obtained two or more titles in the summer events.
Arlén and Julio César hung the coveted metal at the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, five years ago, while Roniel had enjoyed what it is like to climb to the top of the podium in London 2012, and now when many thought he was finished, the golden medal shines again.
The first to achieve the feat was the late Teofilo Stevenson, best boxer in Munich 1972, repeated in Montreal 1976, and in 1980 his third award was made, to match the feat of the Hungarian Lazlo Papp, the only one who had performed such a feat, which later Felix Savón equaled.
Therefore, the list of Cuban boxers who have repeated their reigns under the five rings is headed by Teófilo and Savón; the latter, winner in 1992, 1996 and 2000.
I am of the opinion that if Stevenson had attended the 1984 Los Angeles contest, he would have returned with the gold, because after winning the 1984 Friendship Games, he was successful at the 1986 Reno World Cup. The same happens with Savón, who Had he attended the Seoul Games in 1988, he might have been proclaimed champion, taking into account that he triumphed at the 1986 World Championships and then reigned again in 1989. These were two of the six times he dressed as gold in the jousts of the world.
Returning to the theme of the Creole boxers who accumulate more than one golden medal in the maximum sporting confrontation, we already mentioned Stevenson, Savón, Julio César, Arlén and Roniel, but the list is broader.
In Montreal 1976, the then young left-handed Angel Herrera surprised the experts by becoming monarch at 57 kilograms, defeating favorites Davey Armstrong (USA) and in the title fight he knocked out German Richard Nowakowaski. Then, in Moscow 1980, many did not include him among the favorites in the 60 kilogram category; However, in the fight for the scepter, RSC dominated Victor Damianenko in the third.
The list of the two-time Creole Olympic champions is completed with Ariel Hernández (1992, 1996), Héctor Vinent (1992, 1996), Mario Kindelán (2000, 2004), Guillermo Rigondeaux (2000, 2004) and Robeysis Ramírez (2012, 2016).