The Kazakhs were definitely "in it to win it" at the Olympics. Out of eight Kazakh medals, seven were gold and the eighth was silver, but only just judging by this report from Caspio.net:
On the last day of the London Olympics Kazakhstan residents watched fights of Kazakhstan boxers online. The Mangistau region residents supported all boxers but they paid particular attention to their fellow countryman Adilbek Niyazymbetov. In the final fight Adilbek Niyazymbetov fought with Yegor Mekhontsev.
Adilbek showed all his best in this fight. The fight was head-to-head and finished in a draw. However, additional factors made the judges award victory to the Russian athlete. The honoured boxing coach of Kazakhstan Alexander Drach believes that Kazakhstan athlete lacked a stroke of luck.
Alexander Drach, Honoured Boxing Coach of Kazakhstan said «He is a very talented athlete; it’s a gift from god. At the same time he is a very modest guy and it was very pleasant to work with him. It was a truly spectacular fight and Adilbek should have been a little more active. The Russian athletes showed more attacks. Adilbek can work with such boxers and he should just be a bit more active.»
Sabit Niyazymbetov watched his son’s match with particular attention. Father is proud of his son and thinks that a silver medal is still a victory. Sabit Niyazymbetov, Father of Adilbek Niyazymbetov said «I am very happy for my son. His silver medal is like gold medal for me. I would have been happy even if he gained bronze. I would like to thank all Kazakhstan residents and residents of the Mangistau region for all their support for my son.»
Aktau fans of Adilbek are happy with his success in London. They believe that he will achieve a lot, since the Mangistau boxer is very promising sportsman.