Second Egyptian boxer disqualified

Updated: August 29, 2004, 7:55 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Egyptian super heavyweight Mohamed Aly was disqualified Sunday from his championship bout with Russia's Alexander Povetkin after failing a medical test.

The disqualification wasn't drug-related, according to boxing officials, but Aly's injury wasn't specified.

On Friday, Egypt heavyweight Mohamed Elsayed was disqualified from his semifinal bout for failing a medical test. Elsayed's injuries also weren't explained.

The disqualifications ended a strange Olympic run for the Egyptian team, which won three medals in Athens after earning just one ever before.

Two Egyptian fighters won bouts that were later protested by their opponents, and light heavyweight Ahmed Ismail was forced to flee the ring in a hail of boos and water bottles Tuesday night when his fight against Greece's Elias Pavlidis was stopped because of cuts on Pavlidis' face.

Aly's disqualification handed a gold medal to Povetkin, the world champion super heavyweight. Russia won three golds in the boxing finals.


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