Andre Dirrel

Updated on Aug 19, 2004 10:09 AM IST

Dirrell found success at a span of weight classes and if his dream run continues then he could end up in the medal podium at Athens.

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Born: September 7, 1983
Country: United States of America
Weight: 74.8 kgs
Height: 185 cm
Event: Boxing- Middleweight (75kg/165lbs)

Andre Dirrel might be the most naturally talented member of the US team, a 165-pounder with speed and power and a legitimate shot at a medal. But the problem for American boxers in recent Olympics hasn’t been talent. The gold medal just seems to mean more to other countries.

US boxers have won only two gold medals in the last three Olympics, and were shut out four years ago in Sydney despite having top pro prospects like Rocky Juarez, Jeff Lacy and Jermain Taylor on the team.

For the first time in 52 years, there were no American boxing gold medals, and just two silver and two bronze.

But this year Andre promises to break the jinx and come back with the gold in his pocket. A two-time national champion, Andre is one of the US's best hope for an Olympic boxing medal. He cruised through the Olympic Trials by defeating Clarence Joseph. Over the past four years, Dirrell has found success at a wide span of weight classes and if continues his dream run for another month then he could end up in the medal podium at the Olympics. 

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