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Olympian Anthony Hembrick Misses Bus During the mid-1980s, Detroit's Anthony Hembrick, a member of the U.S. Army, was a three-time American amateur middleweight boxing champion. He was perceived to be a medal hopeful when he arrived at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. However, Hembrick never got the chance to show his stuff because he never got the opportunity to fight there. Hembrick and his coach, Ken Adams, were misinformed about the time of Hembrick's first-round match and missed catching a bus from the Olympic Village that would have gotten him to the boxing venue in ample time. By the time Hembrick and Adams arrived at Chamshil Students' Gymnasium, Hembrick had been disqualified and the match was awarded to South Korean Ha Jong-Ho. The 1988 Olympic boxing tournament was replete with odd incidents and controversies. Anti-American sentiment among the host South Koreans was widespread. Some conspiracy-minded people believe Hembrick was deliberately misled about the time of his match so the South Korean boxer would win by walkover. Hembrick later embarked on a pro boxing career, usually at light heavyweight, that was largely disappointing. He was often introduced before his bouts as "the man who missed the bus."
Tags: Anthony  Hembrick  Olympic  boxing  disqualified 
Added: 2nd November 2011
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Posted by: eric1957 on 2011-11-03 
There was a similar incident in the '72 Munich Olympics involving sprinter Houston McTear in which he missed out in competing in the 100 meter dash heats because of the same thing. Valeri Bortsov of the Soviet Union eventually won the Gold Medal. That brought up conspiracy theories as well.
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2011-11-03 
I remember that incident. Conspiracy nuts need to get a life. We are human, there will be mistakes. I don't use alarm clocks, haven't for many years. Always awake before they go off. It works for me, The human brain is an amazing thing Lol!
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