Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ukraine boxer has best gold medal dance in London

Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine won the heavyweight gold medal in the Olympic boxing tournament on Saturday night, outlasting Italy's Clemente Russo 14-11.

The Ukrainian— who sported one of the most interesting haircuts (half a Mohawk?) at the London Games— literally danced his way around the center of the ring after being announced as the winner.

Usyk's astonishingly nimble Cossack-style victory dance had a little Ed Grimley mixed in but the fighter is judged in the ring and not on Dancing with the Stars.

The 6-foot-3 boxer had reason to kick up his shoes.  Usrk is the third Olympic gold medal winner in Ukraine's history joining Wladimir Klitschko and Vasyl Lomachenko.

Usyk broke up a close fight with Russo heading into the third round.  The much taller Usrk pummeled the Italian with some big shots before taking over the match.

There might be a few more Ukrainian jigs in the ring this weekend.  The Ukraine boxing team will lead the Olympic field with five medalists.  Lomachenko goes for his second Olympic gold Sunday.

Russo took home his second straight Olympic silver medal.

1 comment:

  1. Actually he is dancing Hopak(yes, it is not a professional performance, but who cares).

    Hopak is a very old and famous Ukrainian Dance (now days is a National Ukrainian Dance). In the past it was performed exclusively by men. Originally, the dance was created back in 16 century by Ukrainian Cossacks.It was a fight dance, performed by Cossacks before departing for war, or after they come back with a victory.

    He is a Ukrainian Cossack & is proud of it. His hair cut, it is also very traditional Ukrainian Cossacks' style, named "khokhol".