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Richard Nowakowski

Full name: Richard Nowakowski
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: September 27, 1955 in Sztum, Pomorskie, Poland
Affiliations: Schweriner SC, Schwerin (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Richard Nowakowski was an East German boxer who played football as a youth. One of his youth coaches was Fritz Sdunek, now a well-known, successful boxing coach, who helped him to win the East German Youth Championship in 1969, 1971, and 1973. In 1974, Nowakowski won his first East German championship as an adult boxer, he was runner-up in 1975, and won again in 1976. At the Olympic Games in Montréal he lost the featherweight final against Cuban Ángel Herrera. Four years later he won a bronze medal in the lightweight division, becoming the only East German boxer to win two Olympic medals. Between the Games Nowakowski was 1977 European Championship and placed third in 1979. He was again East German Champion in 1978-79 and 1981.

After his retirement in 1983 East German sports administrators recognized Richard Nowakowski as having “Western contacts” – his grandmother and other relatives were living in Stuttgart. After he had lost his semifinal at the 1982 World Championships in München against Adolfo Horta he had visited his relatives without giving notice to administrators. After he returned to the team the next day, the East German Stasi focused on him, he had difficulty finding a job, and he was not given a house that had been promised to him. In 1989 his grandmother celebrated her 75th birthday, Nowakowski requested a departure to West Germany to see her, and while sitting on the train he decided not to return to East Germany. His wife and his two daughters were pressured by the Stasi until German reunification. In 1989 Nowakowski won the West German lightweight championship against Jörg Kästner, but Kästner protested the decision and refused his congratulations. Even West German administrators claimed “What will happen if defector East German boxers win our titles?” Although the West German Champion, Nowakowski was not chosen for the World Championships at Moskva, and he was no longer welcome in East or West Germany. In 1993 he returned to his home town Schwerin where he made his living as a waste and recycling entrepreneur and grew wealthy in real estate.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing Men's Featherweight East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Boxing Men's Lightweight East Germany GDR 3T Bronze

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP R T
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing East Germany GDR Final Round Match 1/2 2 1976-07-31 Herrera (CUB) , Nowakowski (GDR)
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing East Germany GDR Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1976-07-29 Nowakowski (GDR) , Kosedowski (POL) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing East Germany GDR Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1976-07-27 Nowakowski (GDR) , Ciochină (ROU) knock-out 3 2:05
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing East Germany GDR Round Three Match #2 1 1976-07-24 Nowakowski (GDR) , Ghaedi (IRI) referee stops contest 3 1:03
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing East Germany GDR Round Two Match #3 1 1976-07-21 Nowakowski (GDR) , Mares (PHI) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Boxing East Germany GDR Round One Match #5 1 1976-07-18 Nowakowski (GDR) bye

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP R T
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Boxing East Germany GDR Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1980-07-31 Demyanenko (URS) , Nowakowski (GDR)
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Boxing East Germany GDR Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1980-07-29 Nowakowski (GDR) , Gilbody (GBR) decision 5 60 59 59+ 60 60 298
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Boxing East Germany GDR Round Two Match #2 1 1980-07-25 Nowakowski (GDR) , Nyeko (UGA) referee stops contest 1 2:07
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Boxing East Germany GDR Round One Match #4 1 1980-07-20 Nowakowski (GDR) , Ossai (NGR) decision 5 59 59 59 59 59 295
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