BARCELONA, Spain -- Roberto Balado, Juan Lemus and Hector Vinent won gold medals Sunday, giving Cuba seven gold medals in the most impressive gold-medal haul in Olympic boxing history.
Balado won a 13-2 decision over Richard Igbineghu of Nigeria, Lemus defeated Orhan Delibas of the Netherlands 6-1 at 156 pounds (71 kilograms) and Vinent was an 11-1 winner over Canadian Mark Leduc at 139 pounds (63.5 kg).
They joined Saturday winners Felix Savon, Rogelio Marcelo, Ariel Hernandez and Joel Casamayor as Cuban gold medalists in the country's first Olympics since 1980. The United States won nine gold medals in the 1984 Olympics, but those Games were boycotted by Cuba and most of the world's boxing powers.
Cuba won six gold medals in 1980 when the United States boycotted. The U.S. team won five in 1976 and 1952.
The bad news for the rest of the world is the Cuban champions intend to stick around for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Cuba prevents its athletes from becoming professional and its boxers are young. The average age of the boxers is 25 and only Lemus and Marcelo will be over 30 in 1996.
'We already started thinking of Atlanta long before coming here,' said Lemus, at 27 the oldest of the Cuban boxers. 'I'm certainly not thinking about retirement.'
Balado, who outpointed four opponents by a combined 54-9, was voted the Val Barker Cup as best boxer in the Olympics. The only other Cuban to win the award was Teofilo Stevenson in 1972. Raul Gonzalez was the only Cuban to lose Sunday, dropping a 12-2 decision to North Korean Chol Su Choi at 112 pounds (51 kg).
Germans Andreas Tews and Torsten May also won Sunday, making Germany the only nation besides Cuba to win more than one boxing gold.
Tews, a 1988 Olympic silver medalist from Germany, prevented 17-year- old Faustino Reyes from winning Spain's first Olympic boxing gold medal with a 16-7 victory in the 125-pound (57 kg) division.
May defeated Rostislav Zaoulitchnyi of the Unified Team 8-3 at 178 pounds (71 kg), denying the Unified Team any gold medals.
Balado, Lemus and May were reigning world champions.
Cuba was expected to win the most boxing medals but few anticipated the island nation would dominate as it did. The Cubans won 46 of their 51 bouts and added two silver medals to their gold rush.
'We are not surprised,' said Savon, the 201-pound (91 kg) champion. 'We expect success. We left our imprint on the competition.'
Balado closed the tournament by outboxing the big Nigerian. Balado used his quick hands to fire off a left-right combination that rocked Igbineghu midway through the first round. He also nailed Igbineghu with several right leads to build a 6-0 lead. Balado led 10-0 after two rounds.
Reyes settled for his country's first boxing silver medal.
'I'm very happy and very proud,' Reyes said. 'Of course, I would be happier if I won the gold. I think I have a better chance in Atlanta in 1996. I did not expect to win a medal in Barcelona.'
Tews disappointed the crowd early by outboxing the home favorite. He led 4-1 after the first round, then rocked Reyes with a right to the chin early in the second and a lunging left later in the round.
Tews, who lost to South Korean Kim Kwang Sun in Seoul in the 1988 112-pound (51 kg) final, said he felt he had to win clearly to earn the decision.
'He was the only Spaniard in the final, and the judges were looking for him to win,' Tews said. 'I think the verdict was quite decisive.'
Vinent reversed a 1990 loss to Leduc in the Canada Cup by outboxing the plodding Canadian.
'He's very crafty and a good boxer,' said Leduc, 30, from Kingston, Ontario. 'He boxed very well today.'
Lemus chased Delibas around the ring for three rounds, rarely getting a chance to land cleanly. He led 1-0 after one round and 3-0 after two, yet Delibas continued his steady retreat in the final round.
'This was the biggest moment for me in my whole career,' Lemus said. 'I've finally reached my goal.'
Choi had surprisingly little trouble with Gonzalez, moving to a 3-0 lead after one round and leading 6-2 after two. Gonzalez was only the second Cuban beaten in the finals.
May led 1-0 after one and 4-0 after two rounds in a slow-paced bout.