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Date of Birth: 11/05/79
Place of Birth: Kettering, England
Hometown: Tecumseh, ON
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 112 lbs
Years on National Team: 2
  Andrew Kooner not only qualified for the Olympic Games at the trials in Mexico this past April in 51 kilograms but he also discovered he is a medal contender for Sydney. At those trials it was a foregone conclusion that Kooner would be eliminated in his first bout. However he upset Omar Narvaez of Argentina, ranked second in the world, with a stunning 4-1 victory in his opening bout. Just to show that it wasn't a fluke, he defeated another of the world's best Roberto Benitez of the Dominican Republic 8-4. He qualified for the Games pounding Alex Espinoza of Venezuela 13-2.

  "I did some of my best boxing in Mexico," said Kooner, who started the sport reluctantly at age 13 on the insistence of his mother. "My category is probably the toughest in the Americas. All the boxers are good. So I'm feeling right now that I have the capabilities to win the gold medal at the Olympics. I consider myself a complete fighter and can do whatever is necessary for me to win."

  Kooner experienced his first international success at the 1996 world junior championships in Cuba. He won the silver medal but lost a controversial final to a Cuban before a raucous patriotic audience.

2000 Games
Sept. 24: Flyweight (51-kg): Andrew Kooner, Tecumseh, Ont., lost second-round bout 11-7 on points to Wijan Ponlid, Thailand.
Sept. 19: Flyweight (51-kg): Andrew Kooner, Tecumseh, Ont., def. Nacer Keddam, Algeria, 18-11, in opening-round bout, advanced to next round.


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