COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former U.S. Olympic Education Center boxer Jesse Hart lost a heartbreakingly close decision in the championship match of the USA Boxing National Championships on Saturday evening in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Philadelphia resident tied Terrell Gausha of Cleveland 10-10 and 34-34 before a judges' poll came out in favor of Gausha, 3-2, to give him the title at 165 pounds and make him the U.S. representative for the Olympics.
Gausha will still have to fare well at the Americas Continental Qualifier to be held in Brazil in May to advance to this summer's London Olympics, according to former USOEC boxing coach Al Mitchell.
Another USOEC boxer at this tourney, Mikaela Mayer, won her national title in the women's 141-pound class and advances to the women's Americas Continental tourney in Canada in April along with the AIBA World Championships of Women's Boxing to be held in China this summer.
She won't be Olympic eligible, though, as she lost in the U.S. Olympic trials several weeks ago at 132 pounds.