USA Boxing

Thailand's Somjit wins flyweight boxing gold

Aug. 23, 2008, 7:17 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Somjit Jongjohor of Thailand has won the first boxing gold medal of the Olympics, beating Cuba's Andris Laffita 8-2 to claim the flyweight title.

Somjit is a 33-year-old former world champion fighting in his last Olympics. He used his experience for a surprisingly easy win over Laffita, the 30-year-old in his first games for the Cuban team.

Four years ago in Athens, Somjit lost an early-round bout to Cuba's Yuriorkis Gamboa, who went on to win gold before defecting.

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