SEOUL, South Korea -- Welterweight Robert Wangila of Kenya Saturday became the first black African boxer ever to win a gold medal when he knocked out Laurent Boudouani of France at 0:44 of the second round.
Wangila's big right hands twice decked Boudouani and forced him to take a standing eight-count.
Wangila decked Boudouani with a right to the jaw with 1:10 left in the first round and the Frenchman never recovered. Another right staggered Bougouani and yet another rocked him in the Kenyan's corner for a standing eight-count.
Wangila finished Boudouani off with a right early in the second round.
The only previous African Olympic boxing champions were from South Africa.
Wangila won his semifinal by walkover when an eye injury disqualified Jan Dydak of Poland. Boudouani won a decision over Kenneth Gould of the United States in the semifinals. Gould and Dydak received bronze medals.