In keeping with allied ex-socialist nations, Cuba practices a top-level sports policy. Cuba has frequently reaped rewards at the games. The Cuban baseball team humiliated their American opponents, when they eliminated them in the semi-finals at the Barcelona games, before going on to win the final. The world champion amateurs made short work of the professionals, and repeated their triumph four years later in Atlanta, before succumbing to the Americans in Sydney. The Cubans were particularly impressive in the boxing ring at the Barcelona games and swept away 7 of the 12 titles. Teofilo Stevenson, a guest at the 1996 Atlanta games, was considered the greatest boxing champion of all times during the 1970s to 1980s. He won three consecutive heavy-weight titles between 1972 and 1980. Fellow countryman Felix Savon did just as well in the Nineties, winning a gold medal in Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney.It is worth noting two other great Cuban Olympic champions, the runner Alberto Juantorena, who won two medals at the Montreal games, and the high jumper, Javier Sotomayor, who was victorious at the 1992 Barcelona games.