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William Meyers

Full name: William Ernest Meyers
Nickname(s): Boela
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
Born: July 23, 1943 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Died: May 7, 2014 in Edenvale, Gauteng, South Africa
Affiliations: Booysens Club, Johannesburg (RSA)
Country: RSA South Africa
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

The 16-years-old “Boela” Meyers from Booysens Club from Johannesburg surprised everyone by winning the South African 1960 Olympic trials and was selected to the South African 1960 Olympic team. At the Olympics, Meyers defeated his first three opponents easily, but was then stopped by Pole Jerzy Adamski in a semifinal and the young South African fighter earned a bronze medal. As of 2014, Meyers remains at 17 years and 45 days, the youngest male South African to win an Olympic medal. In 1963, Meyers was selected to the South African team that participated at the AAU (the US amateur championships) boxing tournament held in Utica, New York, where he reached the final, losing a closely fought bout to Wade Smith from Indiana. A four-time South African amateur champion, Meyers turned professional in summer 1963, but had a very brief and undistinguished professional career, fighting only four local bouts and finishing his career in April 1964 with a record of 3 wins (KO 1) and 1 loss (KO 1).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 17 Roma Boxing Men's Featherweight South Africa RSA 3T Bronze

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR R
1960 Summer 17 Roma Boxing South Africa RSA Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1960-09-03 Adamski (POL) , Meyers (RSA) 1 59 58 58 57 60 292
1960 Summer 17 Roma Boxing South Africa RSA Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1960-09-02 Meyers (RSA) , Gheorghiu (ROU) 5 60 60 60 59+ 59 298 decision
1960 Summer 17 Roma Boxing South Africa RSA Round Two Match #1 1 1960-08-31 Meyers (RSA) , Hsu (TPE) referee stops contest 3
1960 Summer 17 Roma Boxing South Africa RSA Round One Match #1 1 1960-08-26 Meyers (RSA) , Than (MYA) 5 60 60 60 59 60 299 decision
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