Olympics Boxing 2012 - Ogogo vs Khytrov: Was Countback Score Miscalculated?

Anthony Ogogo may not be moving on to the quarterfinals after all, as it appears for now that the originally announced countback score was miscalculated. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Gareth A. Davies reports that the official appeal has been dismissed. We still haven't heard anything about the fact that the score listed on the official London site lists Khytrov as a 53-52 winner on countback, despite the announcement of 52-52.

Team Great Britain middleweight Anthony Ogogo's shocking upset of Ievgen Khytrov of Ukraine this afternoon has drawn a lot of skepticism and criticism already, with a great number of fans and observers feeling that the top-seeded Khytrov was given the short end of the stick due to Ogogo fighting on home turf in London.

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The final official score was 18-18. The countback score, where all of the judges' scores are added up, was announced as 52-52. That gave way to the judges to press a red or blue button to indicate their choice for winner, at which point home favorite Ogogo was given the big upset nod.

But the official London 2012 site does not have a 52-52 score listed for Ogogo vs Khytrov. If you add up the scores listed there, which I have now done repeatedly, with and without a calculator to double-check myself over and over, the final countback score was actually 53-52 for Khytrov.

This could be a typo somewhere. Or it might be that the officials miscalculated in adding, which has happened numerous times at all levels of boxing over the years.

As for any conspiracy theories, I'm certainly just offering a thought here, but it might be easier to push Khytrov through when not announcing him as the winner in front of a sold-out London crowd at the ExCel Arena.

Team Ukraine have filed a protest.


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