Olympic Boxing: USA win first Games medal since 2008
Last Updated: 11/08/16 2:25pm
Nico Hernandez has secured America's first Olympic boxing medal since 2008.
The light-flyweight is guaranteed a bronze in Rio after progressing to the semi-finals of the 46-49kg event with victory over Ecuador's Carlos Eduardo Quipo Palaxti on Wednesday.
Hernandez, from Wichita, Kansas, lost the first round on all three judges' cards but battled back to win 29-28 across the board.
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The 20-year-old will take on Uzbekistan's Hasanboy Dusmatov in the semi-finals on Friday but is already confirmed as America's first Olympic boxing medallist since Deontay Wilder won heavyweight bronze in Beijing.
"It feels good knowing that we didn't medal the last Olympics," he said.
"It gives me and my team a lot of motivation. We've all been together since we were younger on the youth team and the junior team so at practice we will push each other and we're real competitive at practice, too.
"I know it's really important for my coaches, USA Boxing, me and my family back at home so I'm just real glad because I worked a long time for this.
"We finally got to the big stage and now we are coming here to change USA Boxing and hopefully bring home more medals."
Hernandez beat Manuel Cappai of Italy in the opening Round of 32 and then Russia's Vasilii Egorov in the Round of 16, without dropping a round.
His semi-final with Dusmatov comes second on Friday, with Cuban Johanys Argilasos, who outpointed Team GB's Galal Yafai in the Round of 16, taking on Yuberjen Herney Martinez Rivas of Colombia.
Other Team USA male fighters so far
Antonio Vargas (flyweight)
IN - Round of 32 starts on Saturday
Shakur Stephenson (bantamweight)
IN - Round of 16 on Sunday (received bye in Round of 32)
Carlos Balderas (lightweight)
IN - Quarter-finals on Monday
Gary Antuanne Russell (light-welterweight)
IN - Round 16 on Sunday
Charles Conwell (middleweight)
OUT - lost in Round 32 to Vikas Krishan Yadav Ubdau (India).