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Brazil’s Conceicao wins nation’s first Olympic boxing gold medal

Boxing - Olympics: Day 11

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Robson Conceicao of Brazil walks out prior to the Men’s Light (60kg) Gold Medal bout against Sofiane Oumiha (not pictured) of France on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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One day after Thiago Braz da Silva won Brazil’s first-ever Olympic pole vault gold medal, boxer Robson Conceição accomplished the same feat in his sport.

Conceição took gold in the men’s lightweight (60 kg) division, beating France’s Sofiane Oumiha in the gold medal bout by unanimous decision. While Conceição has won medals in this division at the World Amateur Championships, taking silver in 2013 and bronze last year, he did not win a medal in either of his two prior Olympic appearances (2008, 2012). After winning his first bout in Rio by technical knockout, Conceição won each of his final three bouts by unanimous decision.

Not only is Conceição Brazil’s first Olympic boxing gold medalist (men’s or women’s), but he’s also their third gold medal winner of these Olympics with the aforementioned Thiago Braz and judoka Rafaela Silva being the others.

Taking bronze were Cuba’s Lazaro Jorge Alvarez and Mongolia’s Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu. American Carlos Balderas Jr. was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the lightweight tournament.