Light flyweight Zou Shiming achieved a historic breakthrough for Chinese boxing as he beat his Armerican opponent on points 20-12 Tuesday to secure the first ever Olympic boxing medal for China at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
With rapid attacks and extremely flexible paces, the 23-year-old Zou outclassed Aleksan Nalbandyan of Armenia in the four-round quarterfinal match to book a berth in the semifinals of the 48 kg category.
As the Olympic boxing tournament offers two bronzes, Zou has secured at least one bronze medal for China, the best ever result for the Chinese boxers at the Olympic Games.
Zou, a native of Zunyi City, Guizhou Province in southwest China, was a silver medalist in light flyweight at the 2003 world boxing championships in Bangkok.
Zou had defeated Rau Shee Warren of the United States and Endalkachew Kebede of Ethiopia to reach the quarterfinals.