"I don't blame him," said Jones. "He didn't score the fight. That's the worst I've ever been dealt in my life. They put the silver medal around my neck, and I took it right off. I won't put it around my neck ever again."
Light heavyweight Andrew Maynard came into the room where Jones was speaking. Maynard was wearing a gold medal; he had just defeated a Soviet opponent, Nourmagomed Chanavazov, 5-0. In the arena the last American, super heavyweight Riddick Bowe, was being stopped 43 seconds into the second round by Canada's Lennox Lewis. Duran, Kasule and Parlapanov were all in place, but obviously unneeded.
Someone asked Maynard how it felt to win a gold medal. "I can't tell you that," he said somberly. "I'm trying to imagine what Roy Jones is going through. We came a long way together. I'm glad I won, but I can't feel right."
Outside, as the arena cleared after the last bout, Chowdhry told Jim Fox, the U.S.A. Amateur Boxing Federation's executive director. "Everyone is blaming me. The Eastern Europe bloc voted as they should. We have proposed that they do not let those three officials ever judge another bout."
''Great," snapped Fox. "That's still not going to get Roy Jones's medal back, is it?"
Then the AIBA made a remarkable announcement: Roy Jones had been selected to receive the Val Barker Cup, which goes to the tournament's outstanding boxer. It was not unprecedented—two other non-gold medalists had won the award, in the 1936 and 1968 Games—but it was fitting.