Oleg SAITOV

Russian Federation RUS

Boxing

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
    1 B
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Atlanta 1996
  • Year of Birth
    1974
Olympic Results

Biography

Oleg SAITOV

Double Olympic champion Oleg Saitov was a formidable welterweight, whose technical prowess saw him named the best boxer at Sydney 2000.

A natural talent

Oleg Elekpayevich Saitov was born in the city of Novokuybyshevsk on the banks of the River Volga, some 860km east of Moscow. From an early age, his father instilled in him the importance of sport for his personal development, and, following the lead of his older brother Vadim, he joined the boxing section of the local sports club. Such was his talent in the ring, that at the age of 14 he reached the final of the Russian junior championships.

Distinctive style

At the advice European junior boxing champion Dmitry Korsun, when he was 16, Saitov moved to the nearby city of Zhigulyovsk, a strong regional centre for boxing. There, while continuing his studies as an apprentice car mechanic, he honed his distinctive style, which was based on speed of movement, superb feinting and the ability to inflict surprise punches. It wasn’t long before he was excelling in international tournaments, first at junior and then at senior level. In 1992, he won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Tampere (FIN) and then the silver at the 1995 World Championships in Berlin.

Surprise gold in Atlanta

Selected to represent Russia at welterweight at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Saitov defied expectations by winning every one of his fights at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum en route to the final, where he came up against the hot favourite, Juan Hernandez of Cuba. Thanks to a sudden change of tactics in the middle of the bout, Saitov managed to disorientate his opponent, and ended up outscoring him 14-9 to claim Russia’s only boxing gold in Atlanta.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

B
Welterweight (≤69 kilograms)
Welterweight (≤69 kilograms) Boxing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sydney 2000

G
Welterweight (≤67 kilograms)
Welterweight (≤67 kilograms) Boxing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Atlanta 1996

G
Welterweight (≤67 kilograms)
Welterweight (≤67 kilograms) Boxing