American featherweight boxer Duke Ragan lost the gold medal bout in a close fight, 3-2, to ROC’s Albert Batyrgaziev.
Two judges scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Ragan, while two had the fight 29-28 for Batyrgaziev and the other had it 30-27 in favor of the Russian.
The 23-year-old American opened up with a 3-2 decision win in the Round of 32 over France’s Samuel Kistohurry. In the Round of 16, Ragan defeated Kazhakstan’s Serik Temirzhanov 5-0 to advance.
In the quarterfinals, Ragan again won a close 3-2 decision, this time against Ireland’s Kurt Walker. Ragan punched his ticket to the gold medal bout with a 4-1 decision victory over Ghana’s Samuel Takyi before falling in the gold medal bought for silver.
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With the silver medal, Ragan becomes the first American to medal in featherweight boxing since Rocky Juarez in 2000.