Manus BOONJUMNONG

Thailand THA

Boxing

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 2004
  • Year of Birth
    1980
Olympic Results

Biography

Manus BOONJUMNONG

Crowned Olympic light welterweight champion at Athens 2004 and then taking a silver medal at Beijing 2008, Manus Boonjumnong is generally considered to be Thailand’s greatest amateur boxer.

Boxing pedigree

Thailand has a rich tradition of Olympic boxing success. The sport gave the country its first ever Olympic medal winner Payao Poontarat, who earned a bronze in the light flyweight competition at Montreal 1976, and then its first Olympic champion, Somluck Kamsing, who took featherweight gold at Atlanta 1996. Meanwhile Manus Boonjumnong, who won a gold medal in Athens in 2004 and a silver in Beijing four years later, in the light welterweight category, became the first Thai athlete two win more than one Olympic medal.

Path to Greece

Boonjumnong rose to international prominence when he won a bronze medal on home soil at the 2003 AIBA World Amateur Boxing Championships. He subsequently secured a berth at the Olympic Summer Games in Athens after winning the Asian light welterweight (64kg) qualifying tournament in March 2004 in Guangzhou (CHN), where he defeated Nurzhan Karimzhanov (UZB) in the final.

Athens apex

On 15 August 2004, the Thai boxer began his Athens campaign in the Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall, comfortably disposing of Spyridon Ioannidis (GRE) 28-16 in the opening round. In the Round of 16 and quarter-finals, he saw off the challenges of the Philippines’ Romeo Brin (29-15) and France’s Willy Blain (20-8), and then put in an even more impressive performance in his semi-final, beating Ionut Gheorghe (ROU) 30-9.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Beijing 2008

S
Light-Welterweight (≤64 kilograms)
Light-Welterweight (≤64 kilograms) Boxing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

G
Light-Welterweight (≤64 kilograms)
Light-Welterweight (≤64 kilograms) Boxing